As a great grandson of John Haynes, I was disappointed to hear of the pending demolition of the Haynes house in Osoyoos, although at this late stage in the house’s history I don’t know what one could have done to prevent it.
Anybody interested in seeing it preserved — I include myself in this group — would have had to be able to raise the money, the political will and the community interest to do so. It’s nobody’s fault that it didn’t happen; the same could be said about many historical landmarks in this country, which meet the same fate.
When the story broke, a commentator asked if we needed to save every structure of a similar age in BC. No, we don’t, but a building as central to the history of the Okanagan does indeed deserve special consideration, I think. When it slips through our fingers it should make us more attentive to other pieces of our history that are also vulnerable to disappearing.
Oh well. Next time.