Year In Review — Ryga house listed on market.

The former home of playwright George Ryga was put on the market in late summer .

The former home of playwright George Ryga was put on the market in late summer after the George Ryga Centre Society did not have enough money to maintain the building.

The aging house, on Caldwell Street, was listed at $437,000.

It is the only registered provincial heritage building in Summerland. As a result, the new owner cannot have it taken down and cannot make drastic modifications to the exterior.

Ryga lived in Summerland from 1962 until his death in 1987 at the age of 55.

Many of his plays were written in the house, including his most famous work, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, which was written in 1967.

The centre was established in 1996 and functioned as a cultural centre and an occasional writers’ retreat until early in 2012.

Three years earlier, the centre had looked to have Okanagan College take over the house, but the plan fell through.

The house is still on the market and the list price is now $387,000.

Once the house is sold, the society is planning to fund a scholarship in Ryga’s honour.

 

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