Tuesday, August 11, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“I don’t care what they propose, I’m going to oppose it.”
- Councillor Ian MacLeod  
- on council’s dealings with 
Spray Lake Sawmills 

 

 
The Alberta Provincial Police barracks in Coleman is one of the most historic buildings in the Crowsnest Pass –– site of the shooting of Constable Stephen Lawson in 1922, which led to the hanging of Emelio Picariello and Florence “Filumena” Losandro.
The tragedy was the culmination of Prohibition conflict between bootleggers and law officials, and made headlines throughout the nation. On Wednesday, August 5, the first big visual step was taken in the project to restore the building and turn it into a living Prohibition interpretive centre.
Wade’s House Moving & Heavy Hauling, contracted by the Crowsnest Historical Society, carefully lifted the old building up and pushed it into the back corner of its lot. The building will remain there through August and early September as a new basement and foundation is created for it.
When that work is complete, the building will be shifted back onto its new foundation. The foundation will be two feet back and two-and-a-half feet west of its original location, to create some separation from the home beside it and grant room to work on the restoration.
 
Fred Bradley, with the Historical Society’s Legends of Prohibition project, says that the move and the new foundation is the first phase of the overall project, which has been in the works for several years.
The second phase, he says, will be the restoration of both the interior and the exterior. While some of the details of the inside is historical estimation and guesswork, Bradley says that they will try to be as faithful as possible to the original design, including using the original material wherever they can.
“Everything that’s original, we will restore it to the original,” he says. He adds that most of the building’s exterior is in okay condition, but the inside has been completely stripped, and only parts of wallpaper put up over the years remain.
The inside of the barracks, in 1922, included a police office, a cell, and living areas for Constable Lawson, his wife, and their five children.
... for the full story, see the August 11 issue of the Pass Herald.
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