Sunday, February 26, 2006

Frank Korvemaker

Frank Korvemaker was born in the Netherlands and educated in Eastern and Western Canada. He has worked in the field of heritage resource development for almost 40 years, first for the National Historic Sites Service as an historical archaeologist in Eastern Canada. In 1972 he returned to the West to become Curator of Artifacts for the Fort Edmonton Project. Then he worked for six years as Chief of Research for Alberta's Historic Sites Service.

From 1979 to 2004 Frank worked in various capacities for the Heritage programs of the Saskatchewan Government. As the Senior Historian, he undertook historical research on major aspects of Saskatchewan's history and built heritage. These studies resulted in important buildings being nominated for designation as Provincial Heritage Property. Frank was also responsible for developing legislation dealing with the preservation of Saskatchewan's heritage resources; and from 1990 to 1992 he co‑ordinated the establishment of the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation and served as its first Manager. More recently he worked as the research and restoration advisor with the Foundation, primarily reviewing grant applications and conducting on-site audits for architectural restoration projects. For 12 years he also co-ordinated the development of the Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site, after its acquisition by the Province in 1992. During the 1990s, he was also one of the initiators of the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan project, and subsequently contributed several articles. In 2004 Frank started work with the Government Records Branch of the Saskatchewan Archives Board, where he has transferred his focus from appraising heritage buildings to appraising historic documents.

Frank has been photographing historic buildings since he was 15, and was responsible for taking the majority of the Heritage program's collection of over 40,000 photographs of historic buildings and structures throughout Saskatchewan. Several years ago, a number of these photographs were used in the coffee table book entitled "Historic Architecture of Saskatchewan". In 1991 he assisted with the publication of "A Tower of Attraction: An Illustrated History of Government House, Regina", and in 2004 with the production of the Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Society’s centennial publication entitled “Building Our Future: A People’s Architectural History of Saskatchewan”. During 2005 he assisted with a review of Yorkton’s new history book, entitled “Windows on Our History”. Currently he is working with the Saskatchewan Association of Architects on a new publication, entitled “Architecture in Saskatchewan: 1940 – 2005”, and with Margaret Hryniuk and Larry Easton on a book tentatively entitled “Saskatchewan Stone Buildings”.

In 2005 Frank became a member of the Regina Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee; and he provides on-going assistance to the redevelopment of the “Roma at Three Rivers” project – the National Historic Site that he excavated on Prince Edward Island from 1968 to 1970. As an offshoot of his work at Claybank, he is now actively involved with the development of the North American Virtual Brick Collection, a program designed to provide historical information on historic brick factories and their products on a website hosted by the Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Society.

Frank owns the former Dollar Land Company office, a small boomtown heritage building in Truax, located about 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Regina (see sketch above). His efforts to preserve both this 1910 building and its 50 boxes of historic community and business records dating back to at least 1918, have given him a first hand insight into some of the difficulties which local people face in preserving their heritage.

During 2005-06, Frank’s contribution to the preservation of Saskatchewan’s heritage resources was recognized on several occasions: first by the Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Society, which presented him with the President’s Award; then by the Heritage Canada Foundation, from which he received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award; and finally by the Province of Saskatchewan, which awarded him the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.

Frank and his wife Toni live in Reginia. They have four children, three of whom live outside Saskatchewan. As well, they have a grandson.

Thank you Frank, You have a lot to be proud of and we are happy you are back...

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