OTTAWA, Sept. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - The Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF) has
released its Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists drawing attention to a total of 13 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:
Bank of Montreal Building, Edmonton—a prominent modernist gem heading for landfill
Civic Centre, Moose Jaw, Sask.—award-winning hockey arena facing demolition if new
use not found
Brighton Public School, Brighton, Ont.—a solid historic brick building on school board's
Cockshutt Office and Timekeeper's Building, Brantford, Ont.—time is running out on designated heritage buildings
part of the once thriving industrial heart of the city.
The Guild Inn, Toronto—multiple levels of authority could scuttle plans of a would-be
city partner willing to rehabilitate designated site.
Historic District of Sillery, Quebec—condominium developers circling estates that make up this
designated cultural landscape
Cape Jourimain Lighthouse, Bayfield, N.B.—the clock is ticking as local groups try to raise funds
to save iconic lighthouse
Mount Allison Memorial Library, Sackville, N.B.—university Board of Regents pushing to demolish war-time
monument - a case of academic indifference
Fisherman's Row Houses, Port Union, Newfoundland and Labrador—an opportunity to preserve part
of the Fisherman's Protective Union's legacy and provide affordable
housing scuttled by unwilling absentee owners
Kays Brothers Building, Charlottetown, P.E.I.—new owner looking to delist and demolish large and impressive
historic commercial building for a new hotel.
Click Backgrounder for the full story and photographs.
Topping the Worst Losses List is the historic Empress Hotel in Toronto, lost due to neglect, lack of municipal resources and
indifferent owners - and ultimately by an arsonist's fire.
Other examples of historic places needlessly destroyed by the wrecking
ball are Vancouver's Pantages Theatre and the Methodist Episcopal Picton Church in Picton, Ontario.
Click Worst 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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