St. Davids, ON Thursday, September 17 – Blair and Norma Jane Harber of Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery have received the J.K Jouppien Award for Built Heritage for their restoration of the Wm. Woodruff House.
Niagara Heritage Inc. representatives, as well as Archeologist and Heritage Consultant Jon Jouppien presented the award to Blair and Norma Jane for their exceptional work of restoring a part of history in the Niagara Peninsula.
The award was created in 2008 and named after Jon Jouppien who is known for his restoration work on heritage homes and preservation contributions throughout the Niagara Peninsula. The J.K Jouppien Award is presented annually to an individual or group who have contributed to the restoration or built heritage of historical buildings that have respected and acknowledged the originality and floor plan.
This Wm. Woodruff House was dismantled and transported to Caledon, Ont. in 1970 and in later years again transported in pieces to Bond Head and Port Hope, Ont. in order to be restored. It was located, purchased and brought back to St. Davids by the Harber family in 2004. After six years of restoration, the Wm. Woodruff House was opened to the public in July 2010 as the winery hospitality center. Restoration was done under the guiding principles managed by Jane Burgess of Stevens Burgess Architects of Toronto and the reconstruction skills of Arnold Traven of Queenston, Niagara-on-the-lake.
The Wm. Woodruff House is home to the winery’s tasting room and retail summer kitchen. It is considered one of the top 50 most significant houses in all of Canada because it is an excellent example of “Wilderness” or “Loyalist Georgian” Architecture. The house is also noted in the book “The Ancestral Roof, Domestic Architecture of Upper Canada” written by Marion MacRae and Anthony Adamson. Copies of her 1962 notes about its features and elements were retrieved from her archives at McMaster University.