Until Powassan council has a chance to deliberate on the matter, the buyer of the town landmark, built in 1886, will remain private. Municipal officials have indicated that proceeds from the sale will go toward the community hub on Clark Street that will be built in stages.
The home was built by the Clark family, one of Powassan’s earliest settlers, 131 years ago, in 1886. In recent years, the building had been operated as a museum but had to be abandoned due to worsening structural conditions in 2012.
The home had been granted to a community group to serve as a museum after Powassan acquired it from the provincial government, but funding was hard to come by for the group. An estimated price tag in excess of $100,000 to repair the Clark House made it cost prohibitive to the community.
The home, only placed on the market Aug. 1, sold in just over one week. The listing price was for $101,000, but the actual sale price will not be known until after Powassan council meets in early September.
Mayor Peter McIsaac says that indications are that the local buyer is intent on restoring the home.