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The adaptive resue of a derelict heritage building into three distinct street townhomes. The project will restore much of the building's heritage brickwork and will add new modern elements such as corrugated metal cladding, a wood slat-screened porch, and pops of colour to provide identity for each unit. - Thier + Curran Architects Inc.
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Newly open Renaissance in downtown Montreal. Not restoration as much as a recycling... Late streamline office building turn into a hotel.


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Penny Lane Condo in Old Montreal. They added two storeys to an existing grey stone. Nicely done.


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Some recent projects in beautiful Bonavista.





The town only has 4,000 people but has as many heritage buildings as St. John's. A local man, with the support of American financiers, is refurbishing all of the properties in the town, a few at a time.

I'm sure I've shared the main commercial ones before, so just those that have been worked on since I was last here last year.













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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.



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And the project is cancelled as a result of today's budget. It'll receive regular maintenance, but not new restoration. Interior will remain unfinished.
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One more pic from earlier this morning of the landscaping thus far.

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Interior work underway on the Pulp tower at Mill Square. Will be completed at the end of May next year and will house a farmer's market and the museum of nature.


Completed work of the old administrative building which now houses the Algoma Conservatory of Music.


Work is finishing up on the small canal that once brought fresh water to the Paper Mill here 100 years ago. This is now the only visible section of it.

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A different angle of the Colonial Building from today. Love the lantern on top.

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And the project is cancelled as a result of today's budget. It'll receive regular maintenance, but not new restoration. Interior will remain unfinished.
That's so sad. How much money do they expect to save by doing so? Is there any hope left?

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Sherbrooke's most iconic building, Saint-Michel Basilica-Cathedral, is currently undergoing major restoration works. While the top part of it was finished in the 50s, the bottom windows were 101 years old.


La basilique-cathédrale Saint-Michel de Sherbrooke by lake of the nations, on Flickr


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Two projects in Regina right now...

Restoration of the dome at the legislature. Repairs to the stone, new water drainage systems, and a new copper dome. They're just starting to remove the scaffolding now. The copper should be back to the normal black within the next year or so I think:







The lantern at the very top, used to be an observation deck too, but hasn't been open to the public in years:


All images courtesy of the Leader Post... More available at this link.


And the other is the old Sherwood Department Store. It was home to a BMO branch at one point, and has now been the headquarters of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and its successor company Viterra for a good number of decades.

They redid all the stonework over the last year or so, and now are cycling through replacing all the windows to more accurately match the original aesthetic. Photos come from the twitter account for a condo/hotel tower finally under construction kitty-corner to the site (Capital Pointe):



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Old Union Station in Downtown Ottawa, to be used as a temporary Senate while the Centre Block is under renovation.

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Published on: June 28, 2016 | Last Updated: June 28, 2016 6:28 PM EDT




The renovated Government Conference Centre will get a stunning new facade on its planned east addition, finally eliminating an ugly bare wall that has disfigured its beauty for generations.

When the former Union Station was built in 1912, the east wall abutted an existing hotel, long since demolished. As a result it was left unadorned, unlike the rest of the striking Beaux Arts building.

But when the building reopens in September 2018 as the Senate’s temporary home, it will sport a new facade, meant as a modern complement to the classical colonnade found on the building’s canal side, said Thierry Montpetit, the project’s director at Public Services and Procurement Canada.

The new facade was just one of many features of the renovated Conference Centre revealed publicly for the first time at Tuesday’s meeting of the National Capital Commission’s board, which later gave the project design approval.


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Tab and timetable

Renovating the Conference Centre makes up “a major component” of the total $269-million cost of relocating the Senate for a decade while repairs are made to Parliament’s Centre Block.

The project is on budget and on schedule, Montpetit said, though he admitted the timetable was very tight. “It’s going to be a rush, but we are going to make it.”

Key additions

“It’s all about making this building more accessible, more functional,” Montpetit said. Until now, the building has been something of a maze inside. Getting from the front to the back, or from the ground floor to a higher level, has been a challenge.

The east addition will include elevator banks and staircases to connect the building’s north and south blocks, a loading dock and underground service connections.

There will also be a new mechanical penthouse. “Everything we’re doing is really to interconnect, to bring up floor levels so that everyone can appreciate the building in its splendour,” Montpetit said.

Restoring the glory

“This is an absolutely stunning building on the inside,” said Christopher Hoyt, a senior NCC architect. But its pedigree has been obscured by what Montpetit called “a lot of unfortunate alterations” made in the 1970s.

Those will be removed, opening the building up and allowing its natural beauty to shine through.

“For us, it’s an opportunity to give back this building to the people of Ottawa,” Montpetit said. “You’ll finally be able to appreciate the building in all its glory.”

Public access

When the building reopens in September 2018, the public will be able to sign up for tours. (It has been largely inaccessible since it became a Conference Centre in the 1970s.)

“We’re all aware that this is a very, very special building for the people of Ottawa,” said Montpetit. “We’ve worked very closely with the Library of Parliament to make sure that the tour component of the facility will work.”

Public access will be from Confederation Square, with the Senate entrance on the opposite side, facing Col. By Drive.

Life after the Senate

When the Senators decamp around 2028 to return to the renovated Centre Block, the Conference Centre will again become a meeting space. But it will be a much better place for meetings and conferences, said Montpetit.

“Very early on we made sure the investments we made for the Senate home were fully leveraged in the future. And we’re confident that it works quite well.”

What’s next

Work on the existing building’s structural components should be finished by September, with the east addition completed a year later. Work should be substantially complete by March 2018, with Senators sitting in their red chairs by September of that year.










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Two key restorations/modernizations

1. Cover the blank wall with a new façade. Blank wall appeared in the 60s when the Cory Block was demolished.





2. Removal of 70s addition at the back of the building.

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One wonders how many decent buildings across the country have been hidden behind 1960's - 1980s tat? I know we have one Streamline Moderne building in Downtown Kitchener hidden behind very similar screening.
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Another Federal Project in Parliamentary Precinct.

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Ottawa’s landmark Wellington Building restored to 1927 glory

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Published on: July 6, 2016 | Last Updated: July 6, 2016 10:38 PM EDT


The monumental Wellington Building gleams after a $425-million restoration to its original splendour, from the glass-and-steel canopy again punctuating the limestone facade to its humming 1927 elevators.

But to see the hidden jewel of this Beaux Arts landmark, walk through shining brass doors from Wellington Street and look up.

On the vestibule’s vaulted ceiling is a glass mosaic mural. It celebrates the building’s original occupant, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and its then status as the biggest enterprise of its kind in the world.

A “treasured piece of art” unique in Canada, according to project manager Sylvain Lepage of Public Services and Procurement Canada, it is shining again thanks to a painstaking cleaning and restoration.

“At destruction and famine, thou shalt laugh,” it exhorts, amid images of the earthquakes, fires and floods from which “the Great Metropolitan Mother” would protect her policy-holders. Athletes in white cavort, nurses tend an injured patient and angels fly the company’s banner, all picked out in brilliant colour against gold.

“Neither shall thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth,” it reads above a sword-wielding woman fighting seven giant serpents and holding the bloodied severed head of one in her hand.

Metropolitan Life, which built the building as the capital was becoming a commercial centre, sold it to the federal government in 1973.

A recognized federal heritage building, it will house meeting rooms, a library and offices for 17 members of Parliament.

They’ll pass through a lobby wrapped in gleaming original marble, which was all removed, cleaned and replaced, before taking the classic lifts to the five upper floors.

“We’re proud to have preserved the mechanism for the elevators,” Lepage said. “In this space, you can put yourself back in time. In 1930, it would have been exactly the same.”

If the look of the building is all past glory, the guts of the renovation, sparked by failing mechanical systems, are pure 2016.

A 1950s modernist addition has been blown out to create a soaring two-storey atrium off the Sparks Street public entrance. It includes a giant living wall of colourful plants that is watered by a computerized system that uses rainwater from a cistern on the green roof studded with solar panels. A spiral staircase is picked out in lights.

The building has been earthquake-proofed and will use a quarter less energy than before while 90 per cent of the construction waste — less that contaminated with lead and asbestos — was recycled. Even tar was sent to an asphalt company.

On the outside, the building looks just as it once did, with 1970s metal windows replaced and the three-storey Corinthian columns that dominate the streetscape scrubbed.

“It makes a beautiful facade, right across from Parliament,” Lepage said.

Five great details:
• Almost a million glass tiles are in the mosaic mural designed by Barry Faulkner, who most famously created murals for the National Archives in Washington.

• 180 Wellington Street was designed by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s chief architect, D. Everett Waid. He was behind the company’s landmark New York City headquarters that was to rise to 100 storeys — the tallest in the world — but was capped at 30 amid Great Depression austerity.

• Collaborating on the project was Ottawa architect J.A. Ewart, whose surviving works range from Lornado, a 1908 Rockcliffe Park mansion that now houses the American ambassador, to the Civic Hospital and Glebe Collegiate Institute.

• At the peak of the six-year rehabilitation, 400 workers and more than 100 contractors were at work in the building.

• The steel-and-glass canopy that’s given a new look to the Wellington Street facade is actually a replica modelled on period photographs of the original, which was stripped from the building and destroyed in the 1960s.










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http://www.cbc.ca/intownandout/2016/...-and-links-46/




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Who knew that Ottawa held such delights?
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^ I'm sure they will finish the project eventually. The building looks great at night . . . except for the construction fences and the homeless people camped out there.
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