OTTAWA, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF) has
released its Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists drawing attention to architectural and heritage sites in Canada either
threatened with demolition or already lost.
The 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 (from
west to east):
Riverview Hospital Lands, Coquitlam, BC—an extraordinary provincially-owned cultural landscape
is threatened with insensitive development
Paramount Theatre, Chilliwack, BC—historic city-owned theatre could face destruction
despite youthful grassroots campaign
Barron Building, Calgary—birthplace of Calgary's oil industry faces demolition by neglect
École Connaught Community School, Regina—Regina's oldest school set for demolition despite neighbourhood
Hamilton Education Centre, Hamilton—Demolition permit a condition of sale of modernist
architectural landmark now headed for landfill
Ontario Place, Toronto—internationally renowned modernist park shuttered with no legal
protection, pending a major redevelopment
Bala Falls, Township of Muskoka, ON—a green energy project intersects with natural
and cultural heritage conservation interests
Zion Baptist Church, Yarmouth, N.S.—clock is ticking on landmark historic church that
congregation is looking to deregister
Église Très-Saint-Nom-de-Jésus, Montreal—closed and suffering a steady decline, the historic church and
world-class organ are victims of a declining congregation and
skyrocketing maintenance costs
Canada's Historic Lighthouses—local communities left holding the financial bag as federal government
unloads hundreds of "surplus" heritage lighthouses
Click Backgrounder for the full story and photographs.
Topping the Worst Losses List are the 14 heritage buildings in Goderich, Ontario, lost due to a devastating tornado that tore
through the historic downtown.
Other examples of historic places needlessly destroyed by the wrecking
ball are Winnipeg's International Airport, Edmonton's BMO Building, the Brighton Public School in Brighton, Ontario and Mount Allison's Memorial Library in Sackville, New Brunswick.
Click Worst Losses for more information.
The Heritage Canada Foundation is a national registered charity
dedicated to the preservation of Canada's historic places.
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