East Coulee School Museum Remediation Project
The East Coulee School House opened in 1930, with an expansion added in 1944 to meet the demands of the booming community. With the shift from coal to gas and oil, local mines began to close in the 1950’s. By 1970, East Coulee was virtually a ghost town. Those who remained in the area, in the interests of preserving the rich history of an era “when coal was king”, restored the school house and opened it as the East Coulee School Museum in 1985.
In June 2013, a Building Condition Review report was completed, detailing the current condition and required remediation for the 85 year old facility. A Briefing Note forms the basis for a Business Plan that will guide facility remediation and redevelopment. The $300,000 project, when completed, creates a sustainable facility capable of hosting year-round activities and events.
The remediation is broken down into three phases:
- Addresses the heating system. The coal-fired boiler died in 2012 and will be replaced with a gas fired steam system. Enough funds have been secured to start this task. The new boiler will be installed in March 2015. The other issues identified as priority items are remediation of building code violations and foundation repairs required to preserve the aging structure while maintaining its integrity as a heritage resource.
- Give the roof a total overhaul. It has been patched many times and needs a total fix as it is leaking in several places.
- Restore heritage infrastructure – hardwood floor repairs, windows, door casings, etc.
Donations are received through the Dinosaur Valley Heritage Society. All proceeds go directly towards the East Coulee School Museum.