Feature Story                                                           Monday, Nov 7, 2016


Pride and Heritage

Preserving Chilliwack one building at a time

Laura Reid, Heritage Chilliwack


The Mercer House in its new location on the Sache farm in Rosedale.


hree awards were handed out at Heritage Chilliwack Society’s inaugural Heritage Awards were handed out Thursday, November 3, 2016, during the organization’s Annual General Meeting held at the Royal Hotel.


The Heritage Business Award was presented to Gord Gagne and Calvin Quaite, owners of Chaos & Solace Craft Brewing. As well as choosing a mid-century building on Mill Street originally built for Safeway for the location for their brewery, the pair also creatively re-used timber from the original grocery store to build tables and counters in the tasting room. 


Gord Gagne and Calvin Quaite, owners of Chaos & Solace Craft Brewing, received the Heritage Business Award. Below Garth White was awarded for 2016 Volunteer Award.


And with brews labeled, “Luckakuck Kolsch” “Paramount Porter” “All Sappers ESB” and “Five Corners IPA”, Chaos & Solace continue to showcase Chilliwack’s history and heritage and for these reasons was chosen to receive the Business Award for 2016.


The Sache Family of Rosedale was awarded the Heritage Homeowner Award for their efforts in purchasing and moving the historic Mercer House that for more than a century sat on Yale Road in Rosedale.


When Tycrop purchased the property in 2012 with plans to expand their parking, the Mercer House was no longer viable.


The manufacturing company’s efforts to find a buyer who would take on the costly move seemed impossible and the fate of the iconic farmhouse was unknown until 2014 when the Sache family took on the challenge of moving the house to their nearby farm.


Rounding off the awards, Heritage Chilliwack member and volunteer Garth White received the 2016 Volunteer Award for his ongoing contributions to Heritage Chilliwack Society.



Heritage Chilliwack Society is a volunteer-run, community-based initiative established to engage, advocate and promote Chilliwack’s heritage. For more information, visit here or via e-mail here.


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