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Posted by Madi Hantho on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 in Fort Vancouver

Historic Preservation at Fort Vancouver

“There are actually three different jobs that I do,” explained Fred Munhoven, “preservation, restoration, and renovation – and they have to be done in that order.” Fred is the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Restoration Preservation Specialist. Throughout the years as Mother Nature has taken her toll on the historic army homes and barracks, it has been imperative that vital repairs and renovations be made in order to preserve these vintage buildings. Stressing the importance of maintaining historical accuracy of his restorations and renovations, Fred works diligently at preserving the authentic character of each building. During his five years working with the Trust, Fred has always followed a practice that gives historical accuracy precedence over long-term endurance. He explained that, “a plastic railing may last longer, but overtime Mother Nature will find a way to deteriorate that too. Why not create a new wooden railing as accurately as possible instead and give the next craftsman a chance to recreate it again?” Fred prides himself on making preservative repairs that will not have to be touched again for at least three generations. Likewise, while making renovations, he is known to put time capsules in the buildings to be discovered by these future generations to give them a peek into the past. “I don’t do this for my kids, or my grandkids, or even my great grandkids. I do this to leave a picture behind of Fort Vancouver’s history for those far in the future to discover.” 


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