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Ladner throwback: The new town jail

The former museum in Ladner Village opened in 1969
Delta Museum curator Michael Duncan 1976
Michael Duncan checking out the museum’s town jail in 1976.

Let’s head back to the pages of the Optimist in February of 1976 when the latest addition to the Ladner Historical Museum was almost complete.

The above photo shows curator Michael Duncan checking out the new town jail.

Built in 1912and having a jail, the former municipal hall building became home to the museum in 1969.

The museum has relocated to the Ladner civic precinct and the heritage building in Ladner is now home to a community police office and public washrooms.

The former municipal hall and museum at the corner of Delta and Bridge streets required extensive upgrades and renovations to improve public access and address health and safety concerns.

The upgrades included the installation of an elevator as well as the demolition of the old yellow annex structure at the back of the building.

Designated as a heritage building in 1983, the building also required structural stabilization, removal of hazardous materials including lead paint and asbestos, removal of partitions in order to open up space and extensive upgrades to heat, ventilation and electrical systems.

The Conservative federal government provided $500,000 to Delta to help rehabilitate the building, a grant announced just prior to the 2015 federal election.