OTTAWA, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF) has
released its Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists
drawing attention to a total of 16 architectural and heritage sites in
Canada either threatened with demolition or already lost.
The Top Ten Endangered Places List, compiled from
nominations received as well as from news items that HCF has been
following and reporting on throughout the year includes:
Canada's Lighthouses-Department of Fisheries and Oceans
decision to declare virtually all its lighthouses surplus emasculates
the new Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act
Kitsilano Senior Secondary and Vancouver schools, Vancouver-
Provincial seismic upgrade funding is being used to replace rather
than upgrade historic schools-a seismic shakedown
Calgary Brewing and Malting Co., Calgary-four of the site's
oldest buildings threatened with demolition with no redevelopment plan
Warehouse District, Winnipeg-unrivalled turn-of-the-century
concentration of buildings succumbing to parking lots and megaprojects
Views of Ontario Legislative Assembly Building, Queen's Park,
Toronto-a massive precedent-setting condo tower project will erase
Lansdowne Park, Ottawa-massive redevelopment project
incompatible with heritage of 142-year-old park-selling a public
Porter/McKinley Block, Ridgetown, Ontario-a designated heritage
landmark-a case of demolition by neglect
Redpath Mansion, Montréal-last vestige of city's famed Square
Mile is hovering on the brink of collapse
"Company Houses" of Industrial Cape Breton, N.S.-the
once prolific workers cottages are suffering from neglect,
abandonment, and vandalism
St. Philip's Anglican Church, Portugal Cove-St. Phillip's,
NL-the 115-year-old "Church By The Sea" in need of salvation
for the full story and photographs.
Topping the Worst Losses List are the 41 predominantly
mid-19th-century commercial buildings on Colborne Street in
Brantford, Ontario, tragically demolished in the name of "urban renewal"
which cast aside viable opportunities for their reuse and recycling.
Other examples of historic places needlessly destroyed by the wrecking
ball in Ontario include Toronto's heritage-designated Downsview
Hangars, and Hamilton's historic Century Theatre lost to
unenforced property standards bylaws.
In Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan over a dozen historic buildings and hotels
from the early 20th century were consigned to landfill to make way for a
municipal sports complex.
Elsewhere on the Prairie, the Fleming Grain Elevator, the oldest
remaining grain elevator on its original site in Canada, was tragically
lost to fire, as was the Watson Lake Hotel, the oldest building
in Watson Lake, Yukon.
Losses for more information.
The Heritage Canada Foundation is a national, membership-based,
non-profit organization with a mandate to promote the preservation of
Canada's historic buildings and places.
SOURCE Heritage Canada Foundation
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