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1. New York Times: Demise of American Folk Art Museum
2. Philadelphia Inquirer: Changing Skyline - Gratifying tale of buildings preserved
3. North York Mirror
4. Chatham Daily News: First Realtor Program on Heritage held in Chatham Kent
5. Day in the Life of an Architect
6. Blog TO: Past Views of University Avenue Toronto
7. Letter to the Editor: Aga Khan Museum...Too High a Price
8. Torontoism: Photograping the Cultural Landscape
9. Hamilton Spectator: Gas bar canopy under consideration for heritage designation
10. Hamilton Spectator: Developer working to save church bell tower, wall
11. Cambridge Times: Galt Post Office Renewal
12. Hamilton Spectator: Neglected Victorians on James North get new lease on life
13. Atlantic Cities: Rehabilitation in San Francisco
14. Northumberland Today: Cramahe to designate Trinity Church
15. dezeen: Quebec church transformed into a library
16. Architectural Record: Architecture in Havana
17. Oakville: List of Heritage Specialists, Craftspeople
18. HIStory and HERitage: Graham Crawford, Hamilton's Brilliant Story Teller
19. Hamilton Spectator: Preserving Delta Secondary
20. Hamilton Spectator: Heritage protection urged for more than 1,000 buildings
21. RaiseTheHammer.org: OPEN LETTER - Durand Questions James Street Baptist Demolition Process
22. Hamilton Spectator: City OKs demolition permit for historic church
23. Wpg Free Press: Heritage-building victory cast in granite
24. Film on Julius Shulman, Architectural Photographer
25. Torontoist: New Book on John Parkin
26. Globe and Mail: Urban Renewal Medellin Columbia
27. Toronto Star: ROM turns 100
28. Jewish Archives Online
29. Spacing Magazine: Jane Jacobs Prize Renewal

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1. New York Times: Demise of American Folk Art Museum
John Freeman Gill, forwarded by Margie Zeidler

The Folly of Saving What You Kill

SCAFFOLDING went up last week around the former American Folk Art Museum building on West 53rd Street. It was the first step in the Museum of Modern Art’s widely reviled plan to demolish that admired work of contemporary architecture, which MoMA purchased in 2011. Although most of the building will land in a Dumpster, the saga of dismemberment will be prolonged for the Folk Art Museum’s intimately monumental 82-foot-high facade. In response to protests, MoMA has said it would detach and preserve the facade’s 63 textured copper-bronze panels.

One might suppose that salvage is preferable to annihilation, but before we get too comfortable with such piecemeal preservation, it is worth noting that the panel-by-panel disassembly and storage of an architectural treasure’s metal facade has been tried before in New York City, with comically disastrous results.

Who around here remembers the Laing Stores? Very few, I’d wager, which is precisely why the sad and bizarre “preservation” of that historic landmark’s facade in the 1970s should serve as a cautionary tale.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/opinion/the-folly-of-saving-what-you-kill.html?emc=edit_th_20140424&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=61094225&_r=1

2. Philadelphia Inquirer: Changing Skyline - Gratifying tale of buildings preserved
Inga Saffron

Exterior of the renovation and reuse of the massive Nugent Baptist home in Mt. Airy April 1, 2014. ( DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer )

This is a column for those who believe Philadelphia's historic, but decrepit, white elephants aren't worth keeping around. It concerns two large boardinghouses on the Mount Airy-Germantown border built more than a century ago, in an era when seniors lived out their days taking in the air on Victorian porches and staging music recitals in the parlor.

A decade ago, this architectural odd couple on West Johnson Street resembled the ruins of the European countryside after World War II. At the Nugent Home for Baptist Ministers, modeled on a French château, the gracious front porch had collapsed in a heap. Plaster rained from the ceilings. Every bit of copper trim and pipe had been stripped by thieves. Next door, its younger, Italianate companion, the Presser Home for Retired Music Teachers, was in the same sad state. The once-genteel gardens that united the duo were so overgrown you could hardly make out the hand-chiseled stone frames of the ground-floor windows.

Though no one denied the pair had once been beautiful, city officials seemed intent on demolition in 2004. A deep-pocketed buyer offering to replace them with something new had retained two powerful law firms to make the case for demolition. Once the local Council representative joined the hanging party, the buildings looked like goners.

But neighbors, preservationists, and the Historical Commission fought back, and today the two former white elephants on West Johnson are gleaming palaces, playing a useful role again as housing for low-income seniors.

http://www.philly.com/philly/living/20140404_Changing_Skyline__Gratifying_tale_of_buildings_preserved.html

3. North York Mirror
Lisa Queen

Demo application prompts bid to save Robertson House

Faced with a demolition application from a homeowner, North York councillors want to see the century-old Alexander Robertson House designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Councillors approved the heritage designation, which provides safeguards, for the house at 65 Centre Ave. southwest of Steeles and Willowdale avenues at the Tuesday April 8 meeting of North York community council.
City council is expected to approve it at its May 6 meeting.

North York councillors rejected a plea from the homeowners lawyer Amber Stewart to have the matter deferred for a couple of months.

Her clients, originally from France, need more time to meet with city staff and to understand the process, Stewart said.

The Toronto Preservation Board agreed last month to defer the issue and Stewart urged community council to follow its lead.

However, Willowdale Councillor David Shiner argued the homeowners partially completed demolition application has the potential to start a ticking clock.

If the homeowners completed their application tomorrow, the city would have 60 days to approve the heritage designation or risk the house being torn down, he said.

He would be willing to defer the matter if he could be assured there wouldnt be any trickery of skullduggery but Shiner pointed to another heritage home that was demolished in the past under similar circumstances.

If a motion to defer was adopted, Shiner said he fears this will slip away from us and this will be demolished on a technicality and I dont want this to happen.

Built in 1914, Robertson House is one of only three remaining sites on the citys heritage inventory that is linked to the development of the Newtonbrook community that emerged along Yonge Street between Finch and Steeles avenues in the mid-19th century, North York Preservation Panel chair Geoff Kettel said in a letter.

It retains its cultural heritage integrity and demonstrates the evolution of Newtonbrook from a 19th century rural hamlet to a 20th century residential suburb, reflecting the growth of North York, he wrote.

Its appearance illustrates the transition from the decorated styles of the Victorian period to the more restrained classicism of the Edwardian era. The house is particularly distinguished by its dichromatic or pattern brickwork where red accents are applied to buff brick surfaces so that the familiar brick patterns of the 19th century have been reversed on all facades.

The house has been listed for several years on the citys inventory of heritage properties, something the homeowners were unaware of because the lawyer that represented them during the purchase didnt appear to check, Stewart said.

But if not for that listing, the house may have already been demolished, Kettel said.

We note that the current request for designation originated in 2012 when the property was the subject of an application for several minor variances under the zoning bylaw, which involved demolition and replacement of the original house with a new house, he said in his letter.

Fortunately, it was already a listed property and based on an HPS (the citys heritage preservation services) report at the hearing on Sept. 30, 2021, the North York committee of adjustment deferred the application. But for this intervention, the building would already have been demolished.

Since the house is 100 years old this year, Kettel suggested it receive a Heritage Toronto Century Home plaque to celebrate its expected designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4468193-demo-application-prompts-bid-to-save-robertson-house/

4. Chatham Daily News: First Realtor Program on Heritage held in Chatham Kent

Heritage Primer held in Morpeth

Conservation architect Chris Borgal can see past aluminum siding, awkward additions and crumbling facades to the beauty and potential of a heritage building.

“Those who can see the potential can realize that potential,” said Borgal. “And everything has a potential, it's simply a matter of finding that right fit and mix to make it work.”

Borgal, a Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals member, former president and leading consultant, spoke to approximately 40 realtors, insurance agents and heritage committee members from across southwestern Ontario Wednesday in the former Morpeth United Church.

“The problems with buildings in rural areas, where we are now, or southwestern Ontario, is economics,” he said. “In places like Toronto, if you have a viable building there is a market for it.”

Organized and hosted by the Chatham-Kent branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Heritage Primer is a pilot project aimed at educating realtors and insurance professionals to recognize the value, find the niche market and sell heritage homes to preserve local history.

http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2014/04/11/heritage-primer-held-in-morpeth?utm_source=addThis&utm_medium=addthis_button_gmail&utm_campaign=Showing+value+of+heritage+homes+%7C+Chatham+Daily+News#.U0qyOGYbvTJ.gmail

Editor’s Note: Congrats to the Chatham Kent branch, educating realtors has long been a goal of ACO, but has been challenging to realize.

5. Day in the Life of an Architect
Business of Architecture

International Celebration of the Not so glamorous World of the Profession

A video compiled by architects all around the world, including a submission from Sheena Sharp and myself. Celebrating Architecture Week

http://www.businessofarchitecture.com/business/celebrate-architecture-week-tell-story-architects/?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=archweek-2014-video&utm_content=archweek-2014-video

6. Blog TO: Past Views of University Avenue Toronto

The Long-Lost Chestnut Trees of University Avenue

It's hard to believe, but this is a photo of University Avenue. Today, this stretch of road is "Hospital Row," lined with concrete and glass. But this is what it looked like in 1896. That's Queen Park off in the distance. The Legislative Building had only recently been opened, but the land — previously part of the University of Toronto — had been leased by the Province all the way back in the 1850s.

They turned it into a public park. It was opened by the Prince of Wales, the guy would who later become King Edward VII (the same King Eddie our hotel is named after, and who now sits astride his horse as a statue in the park). About 30 years before that, 500 horse chestnut trees were planted along University Avenue and a grassy promenade was built down the centre of the street. It became one of Toronto's grandest avenues. Even Charles Dickens was impressed when he came to town.

http://torontodreamsproject.blogspot.ca/2014/03/the-long-lost-chestnut-trees-of.html

Editor’s Note: Note there are no crossing streets either, just a promenade to the Legislative Assembly Buildings.

7. Letter to the Editor: Aga Khan Museum...Too High a Price
Andrew van Velzen

A lament for Torontos heritage buildings

Re: A new, magnificent act of urban reclamation, March 24

I couldn’t disagree more with Christopher Hume’s opinion of the new Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, which will be opening up later this year in Don Mills. To me this is far from “a magnificent act of urban reclamation,” as he claims. In fact I think it’s a grotesque act of urban destruction.

When John Parkin’s modernist classic, the former headquarters of the Bata Shoe Co., was destroyed without even a whimper, we were promised something much better, even spectacular. However, as pleasant as the new buildings may be, they haven’t lived up to their billing.

This struck me the other day as I passed by on the GO bus. It saddened and angered me that this city had let a priceless John Parkin structure slip into oblivion yet again. I’m thinking of course of the old Terminal One building at Pearson International, considered revolutionary in aviation architecture when it was built in the early 1960s. Like the Bata building, it should have been saved.

The Toronto-Dominion Centre is an architectural gem (coincidentally Parkin collaborated on it with the great Mies van der Rohe), but did the gorgeous old Bank of Toronto building need to be replaced by a glass pavilion? The same goes for the wonderful art deco Concourse Building on Adelaide, obliterated to make way for what we’re promised will be a wonderful, architecturally appealing skyscraper.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2014/03/31/a_lament_for_torontos_heritage_buildings.html

Editor’s Note: We did try to save it, so many people spoke out but no luck.

8. Torontoism: Photograping the Cultural Landscape
Jonathan Castellino

Jonathan Castellino: I Imagine a City in Which We Hide Less

Jonathan Castellino is a hobby urban archaeologist and photographer based in the city of Toronto. His photographs document the intersection of built environment and cultural landscape as it speaks to the social imagination. While focusing primarily on contemporary urban ruins, his work also tends to take a broader perspective, examining the place and meaning of these spaces in urban life.
After we've published some of his photos on Torontoism and found them really good, we've decided to ask him some questions for you, to discover what it means to be a photographer in Toronto, what are his favourite spots to photograph and much, much more..

http://torontoism.com/toronto-photos/2014/04/jonathan-castellino-photo

9. Hamilton Spectator: Gas bar canopy under consideration for heritage designation
Stacey Escott

Scott Gardner, Hamilton Spectator - The city is recommending the canopy that covers the gas bar at Canadian Tire on Main Street be put on the registry under the Ontario Heritage Act

An unlikely Hamilton landmark is vying for a spot on a heritage designation list.

The Canadian Tire Corporation made a submission in September to designate the canopy of the gas bar at the 304 Main St. E. store under the Ontario Heritage Act. The canopy was built in the 1970s.

The owner of the franchise store, Sean Disdero, is thrilled with the idea. His own history with the company dates back 25 years and his location on Main Street at Victoria Avenue was the first Canadian Tire to be franchised in 1934.

"One thing you try to do is give back to the community as much as you can, and any time you can preserve a building or preserve the heritage or the story of something in a town, I think it goes a long way," said Disdero, 42.

According to a report that's being presented to the Planning Committee on April 1, staff is recommending the central Hamilton property be included in the Register of Property of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest. Once the property becomes registered, if the owner seeks a demolition permit, they must give the city 60 days notice before it can be issued.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4439215-gas-bar-canopy-under-consideration-for-heritage-designation/

Editor’s Note: Hamilton City Council ultimately quashed this initiative, in spite of the fact that the City of Mississauga under took comprenhensive researched and passed a bylaw in support of OHA Designation during 2009-2011 for exactly the same structure, in exactly the same condition. This situation clearly illustrates how unevenly the OHA is applied. see, Hamilton gas bar not right for heritage designation http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4441537-hamilton-gas-bar-not-right-for-heritage-designation/

10. Hamilton Spectator: Developer working to save church bell tower, wall
Meredith MacLeod

James Street Baptist Church turning into 30-storey building

Scott Gardner,Scott Gardner, Hamilton Spectator - The developer working on the James Street Baptist Church hopes to save the stone entrance and bell tower facing James Street

Work will begin next week inside the former James Street Baptist Church to shore up historic elements that will be integrated into a new 30-storey tower.

In about three weeks, what developer Louie Santaguida of Stanton Renaissance calls a "physical dismantlement" of the rear three-quarters (15,370 square feet) of the church will begin.

A demolition permit for the building — which carries a heritage designation — was cleared by the city last week, and construction barriers were put around the property.

Santaguida said he's particularly concerned about the safety of the facade and roof facing Jackson Street. A portion of a window on that side recently fell out, for instance. Engineers he hired concluded sections of the church are structurally unsound.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4436053-developer-working-to-save-church-bell-tower-wall/

Editor’s Note: This structure as proposed will be similar to one erected in Mimico adjacent to the GO station. Stanton Renaissance's On-the-GO Mimico is a 26-storey condominium building. http://msarch.ca/projects/11 The exisiting structure is a bull's eye, surrounded by no less then 10 OHA Part IV Designated structures, and one Part V Heritage District.

11. Cambridge Times: Galt Post Office Renewal
Ray Martin

Architect selected for $11M Old Post Office project

CAMBRIDGE – An architect has been named for one of the most prestigious rehabilitation projects in the province.

During Thursday’s (March 20) municipal heritage advisory committee meeting, chair John Oldfield announced Toronto’s Rounthwaite Dick and Hadley (RDH) Architects have been selected by a unanimous decision to work on the Old Galt Post Office.

 

http://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news-story/4425158-architect-selected-for-11m-old-post-office-project/

12. Hamilton Spectator: Neglected Victorians on James North get new lease on life
Meredith MacLeod

91 JAMES NORTH - Kaz Novak,The Hamilton Spectator. From left, Sandy McIntosh, Dan Lawrie, Louis Grilli, Mark Milne, Keith Stinson, Michael Clarke. Tim Potocic (not pictured)

 

Three decrepit four-storey Victorians on James Street North are getting a makeover.

A group of eight partners bought five addresses on the westerly stretch just north of the intersection with York Boulevard in November. They cleared out the interiors and have erected scaffolding to get to work on the facades.

The ground-floor spaces of 95, 105 and 105½ James St. N. have hosted a number of businesses including, recently, an electronics repair shop, soccer retailer, cash-for-gold exchange and hair salon. A current clothing shop intends to return to the location once the renovation is complete.

"We think that corner is really important," said Mark Milne, one of the project partners. "It's one of the few stretches left needing attention."

He says it was evident the upper residential floors of the three painted brick buildings have been vacant for at least 50 years.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4432523-neglected-victorians-on-james-north-get-new-lease-on-life/

13. Atlantic Cities: Rehabilitation in San Francisco
Alexis Madrigal

A 26-Story History of San Francisco

140 New Montgomery is the San Francisco headquarters of Yelp. The local business information company occupies nine floors of a newly refinished building that once served as the headquarters of the Pacific Bell Telephone Company.

The lobby has been beautifully reworked. Photographs of artificial lightning hang on the old black marble walls. The reddish ceiling is a glorious mélange of eastern iconography: unicorns, phoenixes, clouds, and other miscellaneous exotica. Three-fingered hands, perhaps mudra inspired, metaphorically hold up the building.

At the same time, this is a modern building designed for millennial appreciation: A smart elevator system, a xeriscaped courtyard, lots of bike storage, and excellent access to public transport. 2.3 million pounds of rebar and 10,000 tons of concrete have made the building more resilient.

 

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/technology/2014/03/26-story-history-san-francisco/8693/

14. Northumberland Today: Cramahe to designate Trinity Church
Cecilia Nasmith

Cobourg Legion development delayed

COBOURG - The sheer weight of community opposition to a proposed redevelopment of the Cobourg Legion property has led Deputy Mayor Stan Frost to call for a time-out.

At council this week, Frost made a motion to table the issue until next month, in hopes some changes can be made that will temper the expressions of opposition that council has been receiving over the past two weeks.

TVM Cobourg Inc. is applying for rezoning on the Orr Street property, which consists of a hall on the north side of the road and a large parking lot on the south side.

The six-storey structure proposed for the parking-lot site would have 850 sq. ft. on the ground floor to accommodate the Legion, with 59 dwelling units on the upper five floors. Across the road, the Legion hall would be demolished to add 68 parking spaces for the use of the Legion. At the building site on the south side, 69 parking spaces will be available, both underground and on the surface.

Many in opposition agree that the design seems out of character for a location so close to heritage properties, including the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre next door. But the objection most often mentioned is its six-storey height in an area where nothing is higher than the nearby four-storey Legion Village.

This week's agenda had two speakers opposing the project and 16 letters in the agenda package indicating opposition.

Last week's committee-of-the-whole meeting heard three speakers in opposition and received six letters in opposition. Two letters — from the Downtown Business Improvement Area and Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce — were in favour.

One of this week's speakers, Keith Oliver, offered an analysis of the opposition being expressed.

Of the 121 comments he provided an analysis on, he said 12% would be agreeable if the building were four storeys instead of the proposed six.

http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/2013/12/10/cobourg-legion-development-delayed

15. dezeen: Quebec church transformed into a library
Staff

Canadian studios Dan Hanganu Architectes and Côté Leahy Cardas Architectes have revamped the tent-like structure of a church in Quebec to create a modern library featuring coloured glazing, spiral staircases and lofty ceilings.

Completed in 1964 by Canadian architect Jean-Marie Roy, the St. Denys-du-Plateau Church already boasted a dramatically pointed structure that appears to float just above the ground. Dan Hanganu Architectes and Côté Leahy Cardas Architectes left this structure intact but added a pair of glazed blocks, one at either end.

Lofty church in Quebec transformed into a library by Dan Hanganu and Cote Leahy Cardas

Renamed as the Monique-Corriveau Library, in memory of a local author, the building now houses a public library and local community centre spread across two overground storeys and a large basement level.

 

http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/24/monique-corriveau-library-quebec-dan-hanganu-cote-leahy-cardas/

Editor’s Note: Glorious! Hats off to respectful adaptation!

16. Architectural Record: Architecture in Havana
Clifford A. Pearson, forwarded by Alex Taranu

Letter from Havana

National School of Ballet, Post Revolution, restoration in progress

Surrounded by history but bereft of innovative work from the past four decades, Cuban architects hope for the future.

 

Making a living as an architect is tough anywhere. But in Cuba it is essentially impossible. Although Raúl Castro has loosened state control of the economy a bit, the private sector still barely exists. All legally-sanctioned construction is done by the government. And everyone agrees that a government salary doesn’t cover anyone’s monthly expenses. Cubans, though, are resourceful and somehow find ways to make ends meet. Over coffee at the Habana Libre Hotel (originally the Havana Hilton), I kept asking a respected local architect what he was working on and kept hearing about fascinating research projects, none of which produced any income. I finally gave up all pretense of politeness and bluntly asked, “But how do you make money?” He told me on the condition I don’t reveal his identity: He gives lectures abroad and employs convoluted ways to bring the funds back home.

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Photo © Architectural Record
Casa de Hilda Sarrá (1934/1941), by Rafael de Cárdenas.
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Six days in Havana earlier this year introduced me to a place where five decades of economic stagnation explain only the surface reality: 1958 Chevies still rumbling down the streets, 19th-century villas holding onto their Neoclassical charms as they fade in the Caribbean sun, and low-rise streetscapes broken only by church spires or the occasional Modern tower the same age as those big-bodied cars. Dig a bit deeper, though, and you find a more complex reality: people like that architect who somehow push forward despite institutional indifference, opposition, and a city that is slowly preparing for the future.

A long history of overcoming adversity and a culture rich in architecture, design, literature, and all kinds of performing arts provides Havana with a strong foundation on which to build its next chapter. And as Fidel Castro’s health continues to deteriorate and a recent survey by the Atlantic Council shows a growing majority of Americans in favor of more direct engagement with Cuba, progress in Havana may happen sooner rather than later.

http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2014/03/140321-Letter-from-Havana.asp

17. Oakville: List of Heritage Specialists, Craftspeople

TRADESPEOPLE AND COMPANIES SPECIALISING IN HERITAGE PROJECTS IN SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

A useful list of all kinds of sources for artisans, heritage professionals, and suppliers for your heritage project. Compiled by the Town of Oakville

http://www.oakville.ca/assets/2011%20planning/hrtg-tradespeople2014.pdf

18. HIStory and HERitage: Graham Crawford, Hamilton's Brilliant Story Teller
Catherine Nasmith

Its the Narrative that is Important

Graham Crawford, who founded and operates HIStory and HERitage in downtown Hamilton is a communicator by trade and it shows in everything he does. In retirement from a successful career in corporate communications he has taken his considerable ability and devoted it to telling Hamilton's stories to Hamilton and anyone else who is interested. And many are.

He talked about his decision to found the gallery to pursue his interests, and share them with others. What makes him different from historians and many advocates is that he knows the value of narrative, what is the story and knows that such stories are what ground any place in people's memories, the narrative is what creates the heritage value that we want to connect with and enjoy.

I had the treat of hearing him talk about his gallery last night, which has had several exhibitions. Because they were all done in electronic format, they are all archived on his website. This gallery offers many lessons in how to connect community with each other, with our collective history and on a budget.

Spend an afternoon just listening to the stories and looking at all the great pictures. If you aren't already a fan of this interesting city, you will soon be.  

http://www.historyandheritage.ca

19. Hamilton Spectator: Preserving Delta Secondary
Mark McNeil

hie Coward, Hamilton Spectator - One of Delta

Hamilton's oldest high school, Delta Secondary, is slated for closure in June of 2016.

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has decided students from Delta, Parkview and Sir John A. Macdonald will be consolidated into a new, $38.8-million high school in the lower city.

Meanwhile, the city is moving to designate Delta under the Ontario Heritage Act.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4378411-preserving-delta-secondary/

20. Hamilton Spectator: Heritage protection urged for more than 1,000 buildings
Matthew Van Dongen

Council is looking at extending heritage protection to hundreds of downtown buildings over the next five years as part of an ambitious new preservation project.

The city planning committee endorsed a consultant's report Tuesday that recommends adding 1,027 downtown addresses to the municipal register, giving them temporary protection if an owner seeks a demolition permit.

About 100 of those buildings have "considerable" historical value and should be at the top of the list for formal heritage designation under provincial law, the report states.

"This is an important statement we're sending," said downtown Councillor Jason Farr. "We're saying we're a community of character with a unique heritage ... and we value that heritage."

Farr said between one and three buildings are knocked down in the area each year, so it makes sense to give council "time to reflect" on whether designation is needed for threatened structures. Council has 60 days to decide whether to grant provincial protection to a building on the municipal register once a demolition permit is requested.

Heritage resource manager Ian Kerr-Wilson said the goal "is not to save everything, but to agree on a better filter" for deciding which properties deserve protection.

He said it's just as important for council to approve the evaluation framework pitched by the consultant, which includes looking at the heritage value of buildings within the historical context of neighbourhoods such as the Gore, Durand or Beasley.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4417660-temporary-heritage-protection-urged-for-more-than-1-000-properties/

21. RaiseTheHammer.org: OPEN LETTER - Durand Questions James Street Baptist Demolition Process
Editorial Staff ; Janice Brown

Durand Neighbourhood Association president Janice Brown questions the process the city has followed to grant a partial demolition to the iconic church.

James Street Baptist Church (RTH file photo)

Re: Decision to allow partial demolition of James Street Baptist Church

I am writing on behalf of the Durand Neighbourhood Association (DNA) about recent approval to demolish two-thirds of James Street Baptist Church. We are requesting clarification and answers to the following concerns:

1. Use of the "Delegation of Powers" Process?

2. Defining Demolition versus Alteration?

3. Role of Public Input/Citizen Engagement?

4. Role of Peer Review?

5. Terms of Conditions?

http://www.raisethehammer.org/article/2121/durand_questions_james_street_baptist_demolition_process

22. Hamilton Spectator: City OKs demolition permit for historic church
Meredith MacLeod

John Rennison, Hamilton Spectator - The ceiling inside James Street Baptist Church.

The owner of James Street Baptist Church is now free to move ahead with tearing down about three-quarters of the 135-year-old Gothic Revival beauty.

A demolition permit was approved by city staff Thursday after conditions were fulfilled. At about the same time, the city's heritage committee voted to ask the developer to present detailed plans before making any moves toward demolition of the historically designated church.

Property owner Louie Santaguida plans to build a 25-storey, $80-million commercial and condo development, while preserving and integrating the stone entrance and tower along James Street South.

He presented studies to the city's heritage permit review committee showing much of the church is unstable and beyond repair. That committee approved the demolition request in October.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4424110-city-oks-demolition-permit-for-historic-church/

23. Wpg Free Press: Heritage-building victory cast in granite
Bartley Kives

Workers Compensation Board completes refacing its building

WFP - More than 4,000 black granite slabs had to be removed and reattached to the Workers Compensation Board's 54-year-old headquarters on Broadway.

The Workers Compensation Board has spent three years and $14 million to ensure its downtown office building looks precisely the same as it did before.

To heritage advocates, this is a victory.

More than 4,000 black granite slabs have been re-affixed to the WCB's 54-year-old headquarters on Broadway as part of an effort to solve a problem common to other stone-clad structures built in Winnipeg from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.

During this era, the architects who designed some of Winnipeg's best-known modernist buildings were not aware of the effect freeze-thaw cycles would have on stone cladding.

Over the course of decades, water and ice got behind the stones on the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Public Safety Building, convention centre and Centennial Concert Hall, cracking or rusting away the braces that hold the stones in place.

The art gallery and concert hall exteriors were repaired, while the $21.3-million tab for re-cladding the Public Safety Building led the Winnipeg Police Service to purchase and renovate the Canada Post building instead -- at a cost of $210 million.

The RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, meanwhile, chose to replace its stone cladding with a lighter, cheaper metal alloy. That wasn't an option for the Workers Compensation Board building, whose black-granite facade is all but unique in Winnipeg.

"There were all sorts of really undesirable options for changing the exterior envelope," said George Anderson, the WCB's director of administration. "The thought of getting rid of the building just was not palatable."

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/heritage-building-victory-cast-in-granite-252149791.html

24. Film on Julius Shulman, Architectural Photographer

VISUAL ACOUSTICS

DVD NOW AVAILABLE HERE 

 

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

 

http://www.juliusshulmanfilm.com

Editor’s Note: I had the delicious experience of watching this film at the Bloor Hot Docs, and was amazed at just how many of his images were already burned into my consciousness, such iconic images of modernism, particularly of California

25. Torontoist: New Book on John Parkin
Kevin Plummer

Icons of Mid-Century Modernism

From Panda Collection, The Ramp at 50 Park Road,

John C. Parkin and John B. Parkin (no relation) hit it off right from the beginning. In 1944, fresh off his studies at the University of Manitoba, John C. Parkin, 22, met John B. Parkin, an established Toronto architect 11 years his senior. They agreed to form a partnership, but first John B. insisted his Sheffield-born colleague accept a scholarship for graduate studies in architecture under Walter Gropius at Harvard—rightly believing that the knowledge he would gain about International Modernism would help their firm to distinguish itself in the ranks of architecture’s avant-garde. When John C. Parkin returned to Toronto in 1947, the pair formed John B. Parkin Associates as planned, forging an extremely effective partnership that drew on both their strengths.

As perhaps the leading proponent of modern architecture in the country, John C. oversaw all design work. John B., who possessed a keen mind for business, drummed up their commissions from clients ranging from local school boards and industrial conglomerates, to the Salvation Army and the federal government. “Through the following two decades, the two Parkins and their associates built the largest and most distinguished Canadian firm of the period,” writes architecture professor Michael J. McMordie, co-author with Linda Fraser and Geoffrey Simmins of a recently published book, John C. Parkin, Archives, and Photography: Reflections on the Practice and Presentation of Modern Architecture (University of Calgary Press, 2013), which examines the firm’s architectural output from the late 1940s until about 1970.

 

http://torontoist.com/2014/03/icons-of-mid-century-modernism/?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=icons-of-mid-century-modernism

26. Globe and Mail: Urban Renewal Medellin Columbia
Marina Jimenz

Medellins renaissance: What the Colombian city can teach us about urban renewal

 

Medellin, I discovered, is like that: full of surprises.

One of the biggest, no doubt, is that this Andean city located in a lush valley surrounded by mountains is experiencing a renaissance through architecture and emerging as a global centre for innovation and design. It has come so far, with its edgy buildings, squares, libraries and parks, that it could teach Canadian cities – and the world – a thing or two about progress.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/architecture/medellins-renaissance-what-the-colombian-city-can-teach-us-about-urban-renewal/article17399633/#dashboard/follows/

27. Toronto Star: ROM turns 100
Chris Hume

How the Royal Ontario Museum represents 100 years of architecture

Like its collection, the architecture of the Royal Ontario Museum covers a lot of ground. In the decades between the opening of the original west wing on March 19, 1914 and the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal in 2007, the ROM has both documented history and made it.

Though many tend to think of the museum as a single architectural entity, the ROM is actually an ensemble, an organic series of buildings, each one a product of its time and place, and each one connected to the others.
The story of the architecture of the ROM is also the story of Canadian culture, if not, as the institutional motto puts it, “through the ages,” at least for the last century. For architecture, that 100 years was a period of enormous upheaval.

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2014/03/14/how_the_royal_ontario_museum_represents_100_years_of_architecture.html

28. Jewish Archives Online
Press Release

The Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the launch of its new and improved website, accessible now at http://www.ontariojewisharchives.org .

The website includes several exciting new features, most notably a searchable online database of archival descriptions and an interactive map of Jewish neighbourhoods. Visitors to the site can now access over 25,000 entries describing the records in the holdings of the OJA, including textual records, photographs, videos, architectural drawings, objects, oral histories and more.

This dynamic and engaging website is suitable for all levels of cultural exploration, from in-depth scholarly research to casual browsing. The OJA invites you to personally explore the new website and to share the news of its evolution with your colleagues in the heritage, museum and education sectors.

http://www.ontariojewisharchives.org

29. Spacing Magazine: Jane Jacobs Prize Renewal
Spacing Magazine

Spacing the new steward of the Jane Jacobs Prize; 2014 winners announced March 25th

It is with great pleasure that Avana Capital Corporation and Spacing announce that the magazine will be the new steward of the Jane Jacobs Prize. Since 1997, Avana, through Ideas That Matter, has recognized the exemplary work of 17 individuals and groups who contribute to the fabric of Toronto life in unique ways that exemplify the ideas of Jane Jacobs.

The Jane Jacobs Prize recipients reflect the diverse aspects of city life. They may not always agree on what makes the city work or what the answers are to making it work better, but their observations and backgrounds have become part of our urban experience and enrich our lives.

http://spacing.ca/national/2014/03/12/spacing-new-steward-jane-jacobs-prize-2014-winners-announced-march-25th/

Editor’s Note: As a previous prizewinner, I am happy to see a new generation of Toronto City Builders getting involved.