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Old Posted Jul 23, 2017, 12:59 AM
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This is the closest I've seen to construction photos of Purdy's Wharf.
Was about to post the same comment. Interesting to see. Also while there has been a reduction in the massive parking lots between Lower Water St and the harbour, the quality/size of development along Lower Water is v. disappointing when you see it from this perspective.

The "before" pic shows remnants of the rail line past the Dockyard which is now just parking lots. That needs to be reclaimed somehow.
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Great work! I might try some as well when I get the time. Can you give us an idea of what year the photos were taken?
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It looks like the WTCC is finished while Purdy's 1 is under construction and the Marriott Harbourfront (originally the Sheraton) hadn't started yet, so I would guess early 1980s.
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Yeah, I would say you are on the money, Keith.

Looking at the cleared-out waterfront, it again becomes evident that the city was all-in with the Harbour Drive project. That is one pile of land and a lot of businesses to get rid of for the project. It's up to debate as to whether it was misdirected or not, but what is clear is that back then the city was not afraid to take on huge projects, unlike today.

Also, it's interesting to think that in this photo taken some 15-20 years after it was cleared, there was still very little development on the waterfront. Man, it has taken (and still is) a long time for it to bounce back!
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Also, it's interesting to think that in this photo taken some 15-20 years after it was cleared, there was still very little development on the waterfront. Man, it has taken (and still is) a long time for it to bounce back!
Really still not all that much on the harbour side of Lower Water. Bishop's Landing and Summit Place are new developments I can see in the later pic, but there are still many parking lots. The inaction by Waterfront Development Corp is shameful.
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Really still not all that much on the harbour side of Lower Water. Bishop's Landing and Summit Place are new developments I can see in the later pic, but there are still many parking lots. The inaction by Waterfront Development Corp is shameful.
You're right. The recent repurposing of the old power plants and Queen's Marque are really the only recent action there, although to be fair there have been some additions such as the Sands at Salter, an additional walkway that extends into the water side there, the beer garden also is a nice addition.

Slow is not necessarily a bad thing as far as the waterfront is concerned, though, as it at least may ensure that more quality projects happen there, rather than just any old building being slapped up. We'll see, though...
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Halifax Public Archives have been slowly trickling more old photos to their online digital archive over the past 6 months or so. Here's one that was uploaded in October.

I would guess it is from 1975-ish, as it shows the start of construction on 5151 Terminal Rd. and a crane on the Maritime Centre site.

It's interesting to me that the power station is still functioning (now Emera offices), you can see the old tram car garages still in place to the left of the power station, there is still some industrial/business activity on the waterfront, but you can also see the surface parking across from Keith's brewery where it had been previously cleared out. Also, the site of The Alexander was a parking lot even then.

I'm sure there are more items of interest that can be picked out by eagle-eyed viewers.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/halifa...s/36802524043/
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Here's a quick then-and-now of the Historic Properties area using an archives shot against a Google maps 3D image. The angle is a little off, but it gives you an idea of what was there before:



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https://www.flickr.com/photos/halifa...s/37424660396/

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.6489.../data=!3m1!1e3
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Halifax Public Archives have been slowly trickling more old photos to their online digital archive over the past 6 months or so. Here's one that was uploaded in October.

I would guess it is from 1975-ish, as it shows the start of construction on 5151 Terminal Rd. and a crane on the Maritime Centre site.

It's interesting to me that the power station is still functioning (now Emera offices), you can see the old tram car garages still in place to the left of the power station, there is still some industrial/business activity on the waterfront, but you can also see the surface parking across from Keith's brewery where it had been previously cleared out. Also, the site of The Alexander was a parking lot even then.

I'm sure there are more items of interest that can be picked out by eagle-eyed viewers.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/halifa...s/36802524043/
The flickr page says "196?". The Capitol Theatre, where the MC stands now, wasn't demolished til 1974. That crane looks like it's next to/near the brewery, so maybe it's for the old BoC building?

Or the beloved Ralston building?

source: Wikipedia, everybody's favourite totally accurate website.
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The flickr page says "196?". The Capitol Theatre, where the MC stands now, wasn't demolished til 1974. That crane looks like it's next to/near the brewery, so maybe it's for the old BoC building?

Or the beloved Ralston building?

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No, that's definitely for Maritime Centre. Mid-1970s for sure.
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I always found it interesting that the office building on Hollis Street where the Four Points hotel is now survived the construction of the Maritime Centre. I wonder why and when exactly it was torn down.

That stretch of Hollis was pretty much the epicentre for downtown decline around the 1980's. Lots of substantial buildings were torn down along this stretch and remained empty lots for years.

It is also interesting to see the old streetcar shed next to the power plant. I didn't realize it survived into the 70's. It seems like it would have been an interesting building had it been preserved.

At one point there was also a stretch of waterfront owned by Cunard that included a stone office building from 1830 or so that would have been similar to Morse's Teas. I am not sure if that was the site just to the right of the power plant that the WDC describes as the Cunard lot or if it was somewhere else.
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I always found it interesting that the office building on Hollis Street where the Four Points hotel is now survived the construction of the Maritime Centre. I wonder why and when exactly it was torn down.
I don't know exactly but I have this nagging thought in the back of my mind that it was occupied by MT&T. Maybe they had some switching equipment or similar infrastructure in there?


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It is also interesting to see the old streetcar shed next to the power plant. I didn't realize it survived into the 70's. It seems like it would have been an interesting building had it been preserved.
I'm pretty sure that was around into the 1990s. I remember walking past it around that time.
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From the Halifax Municipal Archives:

"[RMS Olympic at Pier 2] carrying troops" from sometime during WWI (photo caption suggests 1918 with a question mark).



http://gencat1.eloquent-systems.com/...eyword=olympic

https://www.flickr.com/photos/halifa...s/37766929736/

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RMS Olympic (/ʊˈlɪmpɪk/) was a British transatlantic ocean liner, the lead ship of the White Star Line's trio of Olympic-class liners. Unlike her younger sister ships, Olympic had a long career, launched in 1910 and spanning 24 years from 1911 to 1935. This included service as a troopship during the First World War, which gained her the nickname "Old Reliable". Olympic returned to civilian service after the war and served successfully as an ocean liner throughout the 1920s and into the first half of the 1930s, although increased competition, and the slump in trade during the Great Depression after 1930, made her operation increasingly unprofitable.

Olympic was the largest ocean liner in the world for two periods during 1911–13, interrupted only by the brief tenure of the slightly larger Titanic (which had the same dimensions but higher gross tonnage owing to revised interior configurations), before she was then surpassed by SS Imperator. Olympic also retained the title of the largest British-built liner until RMS Queen Mary was launched in 1934, interrupted only by the short careers of her slightly larger sister ships.[2][3]

By contrast with Olympic, the other two ships in the class, Titanic and Britannic, did not have long service lives. Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage, while Britannic struck a mine and sank in the Kea Channel in Greece in 1916.
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Halifax Public Archives have been slowly trickling more old photos to their online digital archive over the past 6 months or so. Here's one that was uploaded in October.

I would guess it is from 1975-ish, as it shows the start of construction on 5151 Terminal Rd. and a crane on the Maritime Centre site.

It's interesting to me that the power station is still functioning (now Emera offices), you can see the old tram car garages still in place to the left of the power station, there is still some industrial/business activity on the waterfront, but you can also see the surface parking across from Keith's brewery where it had been previously cleared out. Also, the site of The Alexander was a parking lot even then.

I'm sure there are more items of interest that can be picked out by eagle-eyed viewers.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/halifa...s/36802524043/
For interest's sake, here's a photo from 1931 showing the tram car "barns" in the back left of the photo:





https://novascotia.ca/archives/mccul...ives.asp?ID=80

Next to that are the older "barns" in the background of these Birney shots:



https://www.flickr.com/photos/halifa...s/37426147476/



https://www.flickr.com/photos/halifa...s/37473612841/



http://gencat1.eloquent-systems.com/...eyword=olympic
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Great photos! Interesting: it looks like Harvey Street used to go down to Lower Water?
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From the Halifax Municipal Archives:

"[RMS Olympic at Pier 2] carrying troops" from sometime during WWI (photo caption suggests 1918 with a question mark).



http://gencat1.eloquent-systems.com/...eyword=olympic

https://www.flickr.com/photos/halifa...s/37766929736/

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Olympic
its earlier - she was dazzle painted in 1917. The admiralty requisitioned her in 1915, and was chartered to the Canadian government in 1916 for transatlantic crossings.
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