WATCH: Man creates intricate replicas of Parksville-area buildings

Historic models currently on display at community centre

Paul Rozek has spent hundreds of hours making model houses but has never made a dime.

Since 1992, Rozek has made model houses and donated them to charity. Now, thanks to the Parksville Museum, seven historic models of the area are on display at the Parksville Community Centre until the end of February.

Standing in the community centre, among his models, onlookers comment on the accuracy of his replicas of St. Anne’s Church and French Creek School — places they have fond memories of.

Rozek said his adventure with model house making all started when his daughter wanted a dollhouse she saw in Cranbrook.

“I took a shine to that, so I snuck around the back and found out where it came from, and it was in Spokane, bought the model, took it home, made it,” he said. “After that, I don’t need to buy a model, I can just make everything myself.”

Rozek cuts each single for the models out of a piece of wood with a knife before glueing them down individually.

The first model he did of the Parksville Qualicum Beach area was of St. Anne’s church, which took him approximately 300 hours. The stained glass windows are replicated, as well as the pews inside. Everything inside the models was made by hand, sometimes with a little help from his daughter — who has sewn a couple of bedspreads.

Rozek will be at the community centre for the remaining Wednesdays in February from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to meet anyone interested in his models and answer questions.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

ArchitecturehistoryParksvillequalicum beach

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Bowser attic blaze contained by fire crews

Early-morning stove fire spread to attic

The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach to re-open on Aug. 11

Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COVID-19: SD69 working on how to organize schools for planned fall re-opening

Qualicum School District required to have plan to ministry by Aug. 26

EDITORIAL: Real communication can solve problems

Neighbourhood dispute in Columbia Beach made headlines

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Missing teen visiting Courtenay found safe

She had last been seen going for a walk on Aug. 6

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

Most Read