Cornwall is a fairly old city by Canadian standards, and because of this, it has a lot of historic buildings. Time has not treated all of these structures kindly, although some have been given new life and purpose by owners willing to put in the money and effort.
One of these buildings is the Auberge Chesley’s Inn on First Street West. Its restoration since being purchased in 2013 by Robert Prowse has been so impressive, the inn won a Corner Stone Award from the National Trust of Canada.
The inn was one of nine heritage buildings across Canada selected for this year’s Transformative Project category. Other winners included the multi-million-dollar rehabilitation of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto.
“It’s quite a thrill to be recognized on a national stage,” said Prowse. “The idea behind this award is taking old buildings and finding new economic uses for them. It recognizes that not all old buildings can be museums or maintained by the state, but it is important to have them around.”