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Old Posted Aug 2, 2012, 5:19 PM
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The loss of the old art deco building is very frustrating. What I find particularly perplexing is that in a city so obsessed with its past and heritage buildings, they allowed a wonderful art deco piece to simply vanish without a whimper.
But who allowed it ? Who is "they" ? That's the key question. It's not the city of Montreal who decided to demolished the church, it's mainly politicians from Quebec City who don't give a damn about Montreal's heritage buildings. It's a shame about the church and it's a shame about the lovely art deco building. As for the greystones, it seems nobody cared because there are so many everywhere in the city. But it's a shame anyway.
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Upcoming demolitions in St. John's include several properties that were expropriated by the city to allow for the expansion of the St. John's Convention Centre.

I know for certain the building on the right in this Google Street View screen grab is coming down, against the owner's wishes (the building on the left is the convention centre):



And I believe, though I am not at all certain, that these buildings will also be demolished:

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This church is demolished. The tower will sit in front of the CHUM as "art".

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I sneaked in there just before demolition. There was a freaking coffin in the basement, and it was pitch black down there. It was enough for me to freak out haha (I was by myself)

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I sneaked in there just before demolition. There was a freaking coffin in the basement, and it was pitch dark down there. It was enough for me to freak out haha (I was by myself)
Haha that sounds awesome. I wish I had gone myself, do you do much urban exploration by any chance?
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First thing I was thinking when I saw those boards on the windows was exploring it as well. Too bad it's gone now, I'd have made a trip back to Montreal to check that out. Old churches are serious win, and I'm glad that are at least re-assembling the tower.
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Haha that sounds awesome. I wish I had gone myself, do you do much urban exploration by any chance?
I do sometimes. This church really was something. I explored the whole building, from the basement to the steeple (I could almost climb to the very top of the steeple but there was too many pigeons in there) The organ was still there. I can't believe I didn't bring my camera, worst decision ever. The week after I tried to go back in there with my camera but the only access was closed with no way to get in.
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Demolition of the CBQ (combined bachelors quarters) in 1999, a leftover from the former US base at Argentia NL. At the time, the ten storey building was considered the largest residential building in Newfoundland.

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To be demolished soon (Starting Oct.) to make space for the new Deloitte Tower in Montreal
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That building belongs in Chernobyl. Some buildings are just soooooo damn ugly they should be celebrated for it.
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This gigantic old factory in Hamilton is slated for demolition to make way for a new industrial subdivision:


This building was once home to Otis Elevators and later Studebaker manufactured cars there. More recently the building was used for warehousing and Rheem (water heaters) occupied part of it. They intend to leave the 3-storey part on the corner standing.
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This gigantic old factory in Hamilton is slated for demolition to make way for a new industrial subdivision:


This building was once home to Otis Elevators and later Studebaker manufactured cars there. More recently the building was used for warehousing and Rheem (water heaters) occupied part of it. They intend to leave the 3-storey part on the corner standing.
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo what a shame!
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This gigantic old factory in Hamilton is slated for demolition to make way for a new industrial subdivision:


This building was once home to Otis Elevators and later Studebaker manufactured cars there. More recently the building was used for warehousing and Rheem (water heaters) occupied part of it. They intend to leave the 3-storey part on the corner standing.
nooo!

I love these old giant grittastic industrial behemouths. Montreal has (or had...could be that some have been destroyed since I left years ago) similar structures along HWY 20 and the Lachine Canal. Some grand old ones were demolished/rehabilitated in the East End.
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I hope they at least leave that corner bit. It looks quite nice.
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Yes, the 3 storey corner piece is staying. The rest is going to be replaced with modern fixtures.
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90 Harbor is no major loss. Too bad developers dont have the ambition to build an art deco modern highrise. There so many amazing design feats that have been accomplished with inexpensive materials like brick, aluminum, terra-cotta, metal grates, layed/colored glass. I'm tired of everyone reaffirming the false notion that pre-war styles can only turn out successful with top quality materials like limestone and granite. As evidenced by Chicago's Reliance Building this is pertinently incorrect.
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^ I actually REALLY like that Hamilton building. Looks cool.
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C'était le Manoir Champlain, qui a finalement vu le jour avec une taille réduite.


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^ Well, what was there wasn't especially nice. What's replaced it isn't especially nice. And I'm speaking in Montreal standards. I'd like either of them in St. John's.

Pity they didn't put a glass tower there. Or a park.
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