Courtenay District Museum

The Courtenay and District Museum project was complex, entailed Job Development projects and was a “first” in the community in terms of restoring heritage buildings for cultural purposes. The budget was extremely tight. Jennifer worked exceedingly well with us in simultaneously making the building ready for public access and defining features of the building that would provide sustainable aesthetics and practical flow for our interpretation mandate. Not only is Jennifer creative and professional, she also has a comprehensive understanding of the needs of cultural organizations and the funding context within which they work.
— Deb Griffiths, Director, Courtenay District Museum


Size: 19 000 sqft

Cost: $800 000

Client: Courtenay & District Museum Society

Services:Prime Consultant & Full Architectural Services



Conversion of an 18,000 sq.ft. historic a Post Office building to create a new home for the Courtenay Museum. The Museum is the first step on the Great Canadian Fossil Trail and has been designed to accommodate several large prehistoric skeletons. This renovation opens the centre of the building to bring in natural light and connect the two exhibition floors. Extensive seismic upgrades were required to retain this 70 year old masonry and wood frame structure.