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There were a few projects recognized by the Newfoundland Historic Trust today

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Very nice transformation of a church built in the 70's into a 21st century library.


http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/act...-consolide.php




























http://www.quebecurbain.qc.ca/2014/0...que-corriveau/
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Very nice! Do you know if that sculpture/window where the original peak meets the large glass addition is original to the church? My first thought was "tree of life becomes tree of knowledge".
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Very nice! Do you know if that sculpture/window where the original peak meets the large glass addition is original to the church?
Here is what it replaced.

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Gorgeous.
I knew you'd like it!

Here is a close-up so you can get the details.


Façade du Théâtre Granada by lake of the nations, on Flickr
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Here is what it replaced.

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Well, he's a nice guy and all, but I like the replacement much better!
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Holy shit there's some great stuff here!

I like small restorations like these two - they add a lot of character

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Heritage restoration of the Town Hall of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec (1907). Unfortunately I don't have a picture of how it originally looked.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:S...levue_QC_1.JPG

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A vast improvement. I wonder what would have led them to paint the brick?

Edit: Looking at the "after" a second time, I wonder if that is the original brick or a new brick façade? Very well done if the latter.
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The Rialto theatre unveils its brand "new" restoration today. Looks gorgeous.


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[QUOTE=davidivivid;6460441]Very nice transformation of a church built in the 70's into a 21st century library.


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That is a great transformation, wow. Also great work on the Rialto theatre.
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Another one from Hamilton. Victoria Hall and the Mackay Building. Victoria Hall (on the left) is a rare example of pressed tin facade. Both buildings were restored in 2009 after about 30 years of abandonment.

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(Victoria Hall
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The crappy cheque cashing place in the last photo is now a much nicer looking tattoo parlour, whilst Burrito Boyz on the right re-did the facade to include more glass. Couldn't find an updated photo of them.
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Work on the restoration of Newfoundland's former Parliament is continuing.

It's being returned to its appearance from the 1850s, before more windows were added on the front, the entrance was narrowed, and the glass lantern feature on the roof was replaced with dormer windows:

(MUN Archives):





The grounds are also being restored, and the elaborate wrought-iron fence reinstalled.

And lots more:

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- It's going to be an amazing museum, focused almost exclusively on our political history as an independent country. If even a fraction of what they're planning for the exhibits is actually successful, it will be the most impressive one in the city. Easily. The ideas are amazing. One tiny hint: say when you get to the part about the 1932 riots, what if the lighting and sound effects made it seem like the windows were shattering in the room you're standing in, etc.

- All of the busts of our former Prime Ministers currently displayed in the Confederation Building will be moved there. A multimedia presentation will see a spotlight illuminate each one in turn, lighting making it seem the bust is speaking, sharing stories from that Prime Minister's reign, etc.

- Faux stone is going to be used to restore the lobby to its original green marble look.
Here's how it looked this evening:

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The Rialto theatre unveils its brand "new" restoration today. Looks gorgeous.
It definitely does. Inside and out.
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Work on the restoration of Newfoundland's former Parliament is continuing.
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It's being returned to its appearance from the 1850s, before more windows were added on the front, the entrance was narrowed, and the glass lantern feature on the roof was replaced with dormer windows:
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Some renderings have windows at center, some don't. Either way, it's going to be an important display on Nfld's political history when finished. Looking forward to seeing it.



http://www.heritage.nf.ca/law/volpi_72.html

There was a recent discovery of the mysterious tunnel as well, possibly an escape route for politicians, or maybe just for a sewer, etc.

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A multi-million dollar restoration of Colonial Building and its surrounding grounds has resulted in the unearthing of a nearby tunnel or drain. Workers have yet to discover if it connects directly to the building itself.

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Concordia’s revamp of Grey Nuns’ Mother House is a ‘tour de force’

BY MARIAN SCOTT, THE GAZETTE AUGUST 13, 2014





MONTREAL — How do you turn a sacred historic site into an up-to-date venue for students from diverse backgrounds?

That was the challenge facing Concordia University, which bought the former Grey Nuns’ Mother House for $18 million in 2007. Now, a year after the last elderly nun moved out, the newly refurbished convent on René-Lévesque Blvd. between Guy and St-Mathieu Sts. is reopening as a 600-bed student residence with study areas available to the entire Concordia community.

On Wednesday, the university gave journalists a sneak peek of the dorms and common rooms in the renovated H-shaped complex, which dates back to 1869.

The $15-million overhaul was a “tour de force” in adapting the historic convent to the needs of a modern, non-denominational university while protecting the integrity of the 145-year-old structure, said Clarence Epstein, Concordia’s senior director of urban and cultural affairs and an authority on religious architecture in Quebec.

The soaring windows and 16-foot ceilings are original, while splashes of lime-green and orange paint and black vinyl sofas inject a contemporary note. In an airy, white study hall overlooking the leafy grounds, original features like slender wrought-iron columns have been preserved, while modern LED fixtures provide discreet illumination.

The pièce de résistance is the exquisite Chapelle de l’Invention-de-la-Sainte-Croix, now transformed into a silent study hall inspired by the venerable libraries at the University of Oxford. Long tables lit by white-shaded desk lamps now replace the pews where members of the religious order founded by Saint Marguerite d’Youville in 1737 worshipped for 125 years.

Richly decorated by religious paintings and sculptures, the chapel, designed by Quebec’s leading church architect, Victor Bourgeau, was built between 1874 and 1878. At the foot of the white marble altar, a semicircle of sleek, cardinal-red armchairs form an arresting focal point.

Epstein said that when devising the plans to adapt the chapel, the university took inspiration from a value it holds in common with the Grey Nuns: a reverence for books, be they sacred texts or vessels of learning.

“They were, as sisters, followers of a book and in the university, of course, we cherish the book,” he said.

Using the chapel as a silent space for reading and reflection seemed the most appropriate way to repurpose it, he said.

“So the decision was to invite students and researchers to come and utilize this space, to contemplate, to read, to study in this sacred space,” he said.

“For me, the fact that the university, a multi-denominational institution, is able to take a Catholic place and convert it into a multi-denominational space I think is really a tour de force for us,” Epstein added.

When it bought the building, Concordia announced it would turn the Mother House into its faculty of fine arts when the Grey Nuns moved out in 2022. But when the nuns vacated the building nine years ahead of schedule, “the university had to take a pragmatic decision” to use the building as a residence, Epstein said.

The fine-arts plan is still on the table, but funding to transform the former convent for academic use — a project that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars — has not been confirmed.

“In the next 10 years, the university will study other options for the site. We’re going to keep all our options open,” he said.

The Grey Nuns retain ownership of the basement crypt where the remains of about 300 nuns are buried. In 2010, the remains of Mother Marguerite d’Youville were moved to Varennes, the South Shore community where she was born in 1701.

Rents at the residence range from $620 per person for a small double room to $850 for a private room with its own bathroom.
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A very nice restoration of an older retail building on First Street in Calgary.


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What material are they planning to use for the roof of the old Parliament building? Copper would be nice, but slate would be more "Newfoundland" in my mind. Is there any tradition of slate roofing in St John's?
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