The Blairmore Courthouse, more commonly known as the Nippon Institute of Technology, NIT, Inter-cultural Campus building is receiving a grant from the Alberta Historical Resource Foundation, (AHRF).
AHRF is awarding a total of $1.3 million to deserving projects all over Alberta in the form of heritage grants.
“The pride that Albertans take to preserve our colourful history is a result of the efforts of many individuals, organizations and municipalities,” said Alberta Culture Minister Health Klimchuk.
“By conserving our historic sites and landmark building, and documenting the province’s journey through time, we preserve the legacy of those who came before us and help build the cultural capacity of communities across the province.
The NIT building, located on 20th Avenue in Blairmore, was chosen Lito receive a heritage grant, as AHRF feels that its long standing history in the community is crucial to Alberta’s history.
The building, which was originally a courthouse built in 1922, dealt with much legal activity including prohibition in 1917.
“It’s an important historic building and it is important to respect that,” said Klimchuk.
She explained that once the grant is given to the building, all renovations must follow a set of strict rules.
“All changes must reflect the integrity of the building when it was built and must be approved by the department,” said Klimchuk.
The NIT building will be receiving a grant for $20,720, which they will accept shortly.
Heritage grants will be awarded to a total of 71 projects thought the foundation’s Heritage Preservation Partnership Program and Municipal Heritage Partnership Program.