The Stone Block (a.k.a. the old Bank of Toronto building) is the only rubble stone construction in Rossland.

The Stone Block (a.k.a. the old Bank of Toronto building) is the only rubble stone construction in Rossland.

Learn more about Rossland’s downtown history at Heritage Commission talk

Jackie Drysdale will give a talk at the Legion on Thursday, June 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. called Downtown Rossland 1895-1900.

The Rossland Heritage Commission is holding an event for anyone interested in learning more about the city’s downtown heritage.

Jackie Drysdale will give a talk at the Legion on Thursday, June 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. called Downtown Rossland 1895-1900.

Drysdale especially hopes that the talk will be helpful for downtown business owners, so that they can share interesting historical tidbits with summer visitors.

“If people come and they notice the ambiance and they notice the attractiveness of our downtown, then if you have local people that can add to the storey then that adds to the authentic experience,” she said. “It is an opportunity before the summer season starts to bring this forward.”

Drysdale has been going through historical documents to turn up clues about the history of Rossland’s downtown buildings and will share some of what she’s uncovered in her talk.

For example, it turns out the building thought of by most as the old Bank of Toronto building (or the old RossVegas building, as the case may be) was originally referred to as the Stone Block. The building is the only rubble stone construction in Rossland and will be renamed in the heritage registry to reflect its original name. It’s one of 23 heritage buildings downtown.

To learn more about Rossland’s downtown heritage, be sure to attend the Heritage Commission’s event next Thursday.