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Old Posted Aug 9, 2016, 2:22 PM
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They were wood carvers, buskers basically. I think one of them was the guy who does the stone carvings at the foot of the George Street Stairs.
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This is in Saint John, New Brunswick on Douglas Ave.

I hope this person won an award for their work! oh my goodness!

Untitled1 by James McGrath, on Flickr

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Beautiful work with the exception of the cheapo Home Depot doors on #25.

I love clapboard buildings.
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St Michaels Cathedral (now official St Michaels Cathedral Basilica) reopened today after five years of interior and exterior renovation. Would be nice if someone in TO could post some pics at some point.....
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Two projects in Sault Ste. Marie. Still lots of work to be done.

Brewery block restoration. They are building a parkette on the Bay street side of the property.




Pulp Tower restoration. Most of the work right now is inside the building.

Pictures by me.
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The scaffolding has finally come down and the exterior of the Broadview Hotel is almost complete with some nice new lighting.

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A great restoration is being revealed today, probably the worst eyesore facing Gore Park.

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Old Posted Oct 25, 2016, 7:19 PM
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Holy! its been great to see all these restorations in Hamilton recently! The city has so much potential.
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Mount Stephen House (1880) My pics from today.









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I'm really excited about this project...

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Yes!! That looks a lot better than being blocked by that cheap cladding before.
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Yes!! That looks a lot better than being blocked by that cheap cladding before.
Polished granite, ceramic, or Vitrolite, I wonder?
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I was speaking about the building next to the Tip Top Tailors building, the shorter but larger one.
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The former Moncton High School, built in gothic revival style in 1935 and decommissioned three years ago when a replacement school was built on the edge of the city, has been saved.



It has been sold to a local Moncton construction and property management company (Heritage Developments) by the provincial government for $1 million.

The auditorium (largest in Atlantic Canada) and gymnasium will be operated on a non profit basis by MH35, with the principal tenant being the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. There will be plenty of room for rehearsal halls and back stage space in the former gymnasium. In addition to the ballet company, the auditorium will be used for certain theatrical performances and occasional concerts (as well as traditional MHS graduation ceremonies, which will continue to be held at the old school).

The remainder of the building will remain architecturally intact, and will be redeveloped for commercial use. There is a very strong rumour that TD Bank will be a major tenant as they have recently announced a new 850 employee customer service centre in Moncton. A second 350 employee tenant is also rumoured.

This is a big win for the city. There are three large Gothic Revival buildings in the city, and as recently as three years ago, the future for each of these buildings looked bleak. They are now all safe.

MHS - Heritage Developments (non profit arts centre & commercial development)
Cathedrale de l'Assomption - renovated as religious space (Catholic Cathedral), with Acadian non profits in the church basement
Castle Manor - renovated for high end condominiums.
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The old City Club building on Water Street has been restored.

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So envious as Calgary has very little left of any of it's old building stock - developers were too busy bulldozing in the 70-80's or there were those all too convenient fires as well. Here people get all excited about a sign being saved/restored and not even in it's original location (Lido Cafe, Cecil Hotel) while other Canadian cities have wonderful full building restorations.
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A new rendering was released over the weekend for a development called "Millworks Historic District" located in Hamilton's west end in the Dundas Village. The historic Valley City Manufacturing building (est. 1936) will be restored and reused for commercial and retail space...


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Forge and Foster to reuse existing space for offices, restaurants

By Craig Campbell | June 26, 2017

The former Valley City Manufacturing site at 64 Hatt St. will be revitalized as a commercial and office space featuring restaurants along the street, after the Crockford family sold the site this month to Forge and Foster.

Joe Accardi of Forge and Foster, which renovated the former Spectator building at 115 King St. E and owns the former Ball manufacturing plant at 391 Victoria Ave. N., paid $4.1 million to Bob Crockford on June 15 to add the 75,000-plus square foot sprawling Dundas site to his portfolio.

Former Dundas resident Ben Ames, who will manage the former Valley City site, said there are no plans to knock down any buildings, add new buildings or pursue multi-residential development.

“We love our old brick and beam buildings,” Ames said.

Existing tenants are expected to remain, with more creative businesses likely on the way, as well as potential restaurants in the new owner’s Honest Foods portfolio, which already includes The Beverly on Locke Street and The Black Forest Inn, among others.

“There is so much space there, we didn’t want anyone to leave unnecessarily,” Ames said.

Crockford said he, his brother Stephen and sister Judy always hoped to see the building adaptively reused — and not flattened.

“They made an effort to let tenants know they wanted them to stay,” he said. “They wanted to keep it as it is, renovate and expand the number of tenants. That pleased me.

“They were satisfied it was a good building and we were satisfied they were a thoughtful owner that will do good things for the town.”

Since closing the manufacturing business about five years ago, Crockford said he had talked to potential buyers who were keen on demolishing much of the historic structure and pursuing highrise residential.

“We didn’t want to have to avert our eyes when we drive by it,” Crockford said.

Ames said Forge and Foster plans to finalize a temporary rezoning permitting a variety of existing uses, then later get a permanent rezoning that will also permit higher-end retail and restaurants along Hatt Street with more open-concept office space throughout the structure.

He said the new owners will take inspiration from the renovation of the former Valley City warehouse across the street into a craft brewery.
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Here is a great restoration project by Osford Properties in Toronto's core that will take place very soon. 85 Richmond Street West will see this deco building returned to it's former glory with a few modern touched to give it a LEED certification. It's not often in Toronto's core we see a building get restored and not just turned into a podium of a monster tower.

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The new rear side.


Cornice replacement.




Now if the Sheraton could do something about it's south side Richmond Street could look pretty nice along that stretch.
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