September 5, 2013: Did you know Port Stanley has a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage
site? You may or may not have noticed that the site, at the back of the Mac's Milk
store, was posted this morning as protected by the United Nations.
Yep, this seemingly innocuous, drab little shed at the rear of the Mac's Milk parking
lot was posted by 8:40 a.m. with this 2-page notice:
This site protected by the United Nations.
In order to preserve the integrity of this building, no alterations in structure,
changes in colour, siding, trim, roofing, flooring are allowed. Visitors should
wear gloves and masks to guard against contamination of the site.
U.N.E.S.C.O. WORLD HERITAGE SITE
This building has been designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site
due to the significant role it played in the business community of Port Stanley
in the 1970s. The DODGE CITY BARBER SHOP was erected by its proprietor, Jim Barr,
and property-owners Norm Dean and Alfie Baker, in defiance of the Village Council,
the Planning Committee and the Pope's Ecumenical Council.
Those who know and admire the history of our community will appreciate the necessity
of protecting and preserving this vitally important structure. Research by the staff
of the United Nations has proved that the success of this business venture was directly
related to its proximity to the LCBO, as well as the fine grooming that was provided
at reasonable cost to the public by James Barr.
Due to its cultural and architectural significance, the Dodge City Barber Shop will,
of course, top the list of buildings to be designated in the near future by Heritage
Port and the aforementioned Pope.