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Old Posted Nov 1, 2017, 12:45 PM
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Could be purposeful - a handful of the industrial buildings in St. John's were raised by Jewish immigrants from Central/Eastern Europe. This particular one, though, as far as I know, was founded as the Newfoundland branch of an English clothing company.
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Old Posted Nov 1, 2017, 2:31 PM
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^^ this building has a East-European look. It would fit well in Prague or Budapest.
Agreed completely. Even its neighbouring buildings look like they were taken from a Soviet-bloc city.
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And an update from this morning on the Colonial Building, our former Parliament.

The exterior is now mostly complete, as is the structural landscaping (not the plants, etc.). The interior is coming along but lots left to do there.



A look inside. Pictures via FB from a media tour yesterday.

The entrance:



In the end it will be very, very colourful and patterened. It's like putting an ancient Greek statue back to its original colours.

A lot of very gaudy faux finishes and the like were very popular when the building was built, and it's these that are being restored - its original condition.

So a lot of this more recent artwork will be removed:







And it'll be returned to what's underneath:







Some rooms, though, were relatively tasteful even by contemporary standards. This one, for example, is almost entirely (excluding the floor) back to how it looked in the mid-1800s:

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A very positive one. From Memorial's census of every building in the city, completed between 1983 and 1987.

This block of Queen's Road:



I don't remember that mod house at all.

This is what replaced it:

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You can see the workers installing the original limestone facade back piece by piece



Before:

http://historicalhamilton.com
Looks like they are nearly done with installing the facade back, you can see the replicated pieces and the old with the colour change.

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I have some questions regarding the procedure in the case of the destruction of a historic building through an act of god(fire, earthquake, storm, etc.) in the city of Toronto.

I was looking through the Ontario Heritage Act and there doesn't seem to be anything with regards to these events, so what does happen in the event of a fire for example? Do the owners need to rebuild the structure in these events, does the owner get a free pass to redevelop, is it a case by case negotiation between the building owner and the city?

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A $130M restoration of the North Park Armoury in Halifax is about to start. It will take 7 years to complete. This project is interesting because the building is a landmark of national significance and it's not in great shape; for years there have been covered wooden walkways around the building to protect pedestrians from falling masonry.

It was built in 1898. It has a steel frame and at the time was the largest open or column-free indoor space in Canada.

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The pictures are from this site, which has pages for a bunch of historic military sites around the Halifax area.
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Progress on the restoration of the Macdonald and Fortune Blocks in Winnipeg. This includes exact restoration of both exterior and interior of one of the oldest and most dilapidated structures in the city. http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/m...ions-1.4487674
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The Westinghouse building, former HQ of Westinghouse Canada, in Hamilton is getting restored after being abandon for decades.


http://historicalhamilton.com/hamilt...tinghouse.html


http://historicalhamilton.com/hamilt...tinghouse.html

You can see the Westinghouse factory and the headquarter to the right

http://workerscity.ca/east-end/canadian-westinghouse/


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The building will be studio space, rental office space, etc.



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Hideous, long vacant, 70s era restaurant and nightclub in Saskatoon:


https://www.google.ca/maps/@52.13225...7i13312!8i6656

Slowly being revealed to be an early 20th century warehouse underneath:

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Works is underway to restore the Rodier building (build in 1875) in Griffintown.

http://montrealgazette.com/news/loca...-lease-on-life




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HAMILTON | The Alley
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The Alley | 6/29/2017 by Joe, on Flickr

The Alley | 10/3/2018 by RyanMcGreal, on Twitter




HAMILTON | The William Thomas Residence
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William Thomas Residence by Joe, on Flickr


William Thomas Residence by Joe, on Flickr


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106 princes st in winnipegs historic exchange after nearly 20yrs
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Old Union Station Ottawa.

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So glad Brandon saved their old fire hall. Too many beautiful buildings torn down in Manitoba over the years.
http://www.prairiefirehouse.com/home.html




Now a cafe, bistro, dance hall and meeting place





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Old Posted Oct 29, 2018, 1:27 PM
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^ Particularly remarkable for a place like Brandon, which is usually indifferent to the state of its downtown area.
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Another building on Barrington Street being restored with a small modern addition on top.


Tramway Building notice by Hali87, on Flickr


The building currently looks something like this (I think even more of the decorative elements have been removed at this point):


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It's located here, and the buildings in the background with the scaffolding and metal roof frame are getting similar additions. If you turn 180 you can see a row of buildings with a similar scaled addition. The hole across the street is the site of a U/C tower incorporating the reconstructed facade of what was originally a downtown old-school Zellers:


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More recently the old Zellers was home to the Discovery Centre (World of Science type deal) and the notorious Reflections Cabaret (where deadmau5 first performed wearing his mouse helmet). Both have since relocated a couple blocks south.
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fortune block in winnipeg really coming along now

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manit...ions-1.4487674
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