Local builder, designer and restoration specialist Joern Wingender has been awarded The City of Nelson’s 2019 Heritage Award for his dedicated work in the education, promotion and preservation of Nelson’s local history. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.

Wingender is active in architectural conservation in the West Kootenay and has been the contractor and creative force behind many small and large historic conservation, restoration and revitalization projects in Nelson and the region.

As the contractor tasked with the conservation and renovation of Nelson’s historic CP railway station, Wingender was responsible for the window restoration, preserving the original authentic wood cladding of the exterior and restoring the wood beam structures of the building, among many other features. He also introduced an innovative ecological and sustainable approach to wall insulation of historic wood structures which utilizes clay and sawdust pressed into bricks.

Wingender is an expert in both building restoration and green building, combining traditional and progressive methods. His company, Traditional Timber Framing, has designed and built many new homes utilizing their unique ecosystem-based architecture.

“We are delighted to present Joern with this award,” says Heritage Working Group acting chair and Capitol Theatre executive director Stephanie Fischer. “His excellent craftsmanship and the invaluable knowledge he’s imparted to our region’s planners, contractors and builders is leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.”

The City’s Heritage Working Group established this award in 2015 to recognizing individuals, groups, businesses, or other organizations that have made an outstanding contribution towards the preservation and/or promotion of Nelson’s heritage and to reward and encourage initiatives in support of it.

– City of Nelson