Walls Can Talk

Walls Can Talk: 609 Strickland Street … Then and Now

Sitting in the dining room, at 609 Strickland Street, I visualize the house as it was when Bob Jacobs lived here as a child. This room was the living room, with windows along the west wall. The original building was constructed of wood. Old bridge timbers were used for main-floor construction. Re-using and recycling of …

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Walls Can Talk: A Moving Story, 701 Cook Street

“I did the work in a consciousness manner and not with the idea of cutting corners,” Michele Silvestri wrote me from his home in Langley, B.C. Hamish Laurie, the present owner of 701 Cook, agrees: “Silvestri was a great carpenter.” Many of the existing features are original. The second-floor kitchen re-creates wainscoting with yellow linoleum. …

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The Lives of Maryhouse

In 1954, Earle Smith arrived in Whitehorse. He came with the RCAF and was stationed here for a number of years. He left the territory in 1961. Smith was on shift work at the RCAF station and had time off with nothing to do. “Somehow I got volunteered to do carpentry work and painting at …

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My Own Bill Bourne Concert

The house was shaking on Friday, March 12. It wasn’t an earthquake or anything like that. It was Bill Bourne tapping his foot to the beat of his music. Our living room was crowded with about 30 people enjoying this private concert. Some guests asked how we arranged for someone like Bourne to perform in …

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Walls Can Talk: 410 Ogilvie – Squeaky Clean

“We think it was originally an army wash house,” Lee Nunn informs me as we discuss 410 Ogilvie Street. Pete McCracken, carpenter extraordinaire, responsible for many of the renovations, agrees. In the areas he renovated, McCracken saw evidence of a number of urinals and toilets. There were markings on the plywood sub floor when McCracken …

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206 Hawkins: The Riverboat Captain’s Braw House

Joanne Baines, current owner of 206 Hawkins Street, says she can’t remember who told her that Albert Henderson built the house for his sweetheart, but the first time she walked in, she knew the house was now hers. To restore the house, however, would bring alive the love the builder put into it so long …

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510 Hawkins: the kachelöfen Guest House

I appreciate meeting people who live their life philosophy. Suat Tuzlak is one such person. I admire his philosophy about good wholesome food. I applaud his successful bakery adventure and organic food supplies. But Tuzlak has another passion you might not be aware of. He has owned, renovated and refurbished a number of downtown homes …

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308 Hanson: A Cozy Staff House

Nestled between the T.A. Firth Building and a small apartment building, 308 Hanson looks like a relic from the past. It is the only house on that section of Hanson Street. I wondered what the street looked like when the house was new. Were there other houses on the street? From previous research, I have …

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The soul of the city

Michelangelo said of the city, “I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.” I was listening to CBC Radio’s Tapestry a few weeks ago. Mary Hynes was speaking with architects, pub-goers and psychologists about the city and its spirituality. The guests spoke about public art and its effect on the populace. …

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508 Wood Street: The Tale of Two Arthurs

Arthur #1 lived in Atlin, B.C. when he first encountered Arthur #2. Arthur #1 noticed a withdrawal from his bank account he did not authorize. After checking with the bank, it was discovered Arthur #2 owed the money. The bank had confused accounts. A few years later, Arthur #1—then living in Whitehorse—was attending the birth …

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Three Generations

Lusia visits with Grandma and Grandpa now. She helps out in the garden that Grandma has tended for decades. When Lusia’s grandparents first moved in, the yard had been neglected. Now, the gardens are spectacular and have been the site of many garden parties. Grandma and Grandpa have lived in the same little downtown house …

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Norgetown Laundry

Well, the tourists I have seen are the best. One summer as I folded my laundry I spied a couple of young, robust Austrians also folding their laundry. Dressed in traditional leather shorts, suspenders and white crisp shirts, they added to the fun atmosphere. I saw Valdy doing his laundry one Friday evening, although I …

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Duke the Doughnut Thief

Remembering Duke, Dr. Ron Pearson smiled. “I still do not know how he did it. The box of doughnuts was still taped shut, sitting on the front seat of the vehicle”. On the way to Aishihik Lake, the family stepped into a gas station for drinks. When Pearson walked back toward the vehicle, he saw …

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Fenix House

Everyone, it seems, has been interested in the project. I spoke with Tanya Handley about Fenix House. She recalled many downtown residents stopped by regularly to chat and see what was happening. Some people talked about former residents. Some people talked about the great gardens in the yard. Stroll down 6th Avenue in downtown Whitehorse …

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Desmond Carroll: Enthusiasm and Hospitality

The love and respect for the man is so vivid in all the articles I have read. A dear friend of Desmond Carroll graciously lent me her archival material on this most beloved man. I especially enjoyed reading Northern Reflections, a collection of Carroll’s writings, organized and gathered by his wife, Marion Carroll. The book, …

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Heart of the Trail

On a typical 2011 August day I walked the Millennium Trail. When I started out it was sunny and warm. I stopped at a favourite spot to read an interpretive sign. All of a sudden it started pouring. Ah, just wait a few minutes and the weather will change. It did. As I finished my …

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Bert Law; a Yukon Pioneer

What a glorious Saturday afternoon! I wandered the path in Bert Law Park, on Temptation Island. The sun was warm on my skin, but there was a hint of the changing season; autumn beckoning on the wind. An interpretive sign informs the visitor of numerous berry species to be found—soap berry, northern black currant, high …

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Coming Home: 509 Strickland

In 2008 my sisters and I travelled to Ireland. We were looking for “Grandma’s house” and the “Dale Castle”. One afternoon in Dublin our taxi cab driver delivered us to 120 Tritonville Road – a posh part of town, he said. We stood together at the front door and he took our picture. The cab …

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