Funding announced to repair Bryson House $105,000 project

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Standing in front of the Bryson House, whose roof is evidently in need of repair, from left, Eric Rochon, Mansfield DG, Jane Toller, Bryson House Committee (BHC) member, Joelle Laroche, BHC member, Andre Fortin, Claudette Pleau, BHC member, Gilles Dionne, Mansfield councillor, Kathy Belec, and Winston Sunstrum. 



Standing in front of the Bryson House, whose roof is evidently in need of repair, from left, Eric Rochon, Mansfield DG, Jane Toller, Bryson House Committee (BHC) member, Joelle Laroche, BHC member, Andre Fortin, Claudette Pleau, BHC member, Gilles Dionne, Mansfield councillor, Kathy Belec, and Winston Sunstrum. 

Allyson Beauregard

MANSFIELD – On behalf of the Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French language, Helene David, Pontiac MNA Andre Fortin announced a $27,400 grant to be given to the municipality of Mansfield to repair the George Bryson House, which is expected to cost a total of about $105,000. 
The work will include improvements to the skylight, windows, the roof, and the chimney, among other things. Other funding partners in
the project include the
municipality of Mansfield ($47,300), and the MRC Pontiac ($30,000).
“The House is one of the main attractions of the MRC. By visiting its museum, one can discover the history of the Pontiac and the Bryson family who played a major role in the economic development of the region,” said Fortin, who stressed the work must be done in a timely manner to ensure the structure of the House is not compromised. “The investment is also a shout out to people in other regions encouraging them to come and discover our history, he added.
“By investing in the repairs, the Council of Mayors and
the MRC are underscoring
the importance of preserving
public heritage buildings
and highlighting the role
heritage plays in regional development,” said Winston Sunstrum, MRC Pontiac
Pro-Warden and Mayor of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes.
Mansfield Mayor Kathy Belec said all events planned
at the Bryson House such as their movie nights and
the Christmas market will
continue as planned while the renovation is being completed. “We closed the tea room to focus on the renovations needed, but it will be back in operation next year,” she concluded.