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1. cbc: A short history of building to be demolished for Tour des Canadiens
2. Little Things.com...an intact 60's interior
3. Arch Daily: What's Worth Saving
4. Globe and Mail: Toronto City Hall at 50
5. Globe and Mail: Rehabilitating two Pre-Confederation Houses in Toronto
6. The Globe and Mail: Gardiner Expressway East Section..
7. New Legislation a Threat to New York City Heritage
8. Globe and Mail: Protecting Modernist Heritage
9. Toronto Star: Guild Inn Update
10. Guardian: A Carbuncle--To Demolish or Not to Demolish
11. Globe and Mail: Archaeological Discovery at Globe and Mail Site
12. Urban Toronto: Archaeological Discovery in Toronto, 1831 Market
13. BBC: The Fight to Save Kolkata's Heritage Homes
14. Winnipeg Free Press: Endangered species: 90-year-old wooden barn one-of-a-kind in Western Canada

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1. cbc: A short history of building to be demolished for Tour des Canadiens

Building housed new immigrants, then interned Ukrainians during World War I

The building at 1162 St-Antoine St. W. shortly after construction. It was built as temporary logding for new immigrants, then to intern "enemy aliens" during World War I, mostly Ukrainians. (Library and Archives Canada)

Heritage activists are decrying the demolition of a historical building to make way for the third condo tower with the Montreal Canadiens brand.

The building at 1162 St-Antoine St. West, built in 1914, has a rich and dark history. It was used, among other things, to intern Ukrainians who were considered "enemy aliens" during the First World War.

Here's a short history of the structure, according to a historical study made for the Office de consultation publique de Montréal.

Inaugurated as Immigration Hospital and Detention Building, it welcomed, processed and medically treated new immigrants. It was also a temporary housing for deported immigrants.


2. Little Things.com...an intact 60's interior

This Old Ladys Home Looks Ordinary&But What She Did Inside? UNBELIEVABLE!

I remember so many interiors like this in high school

A96-year-old Toronto resident is selling her two-story home located in the West Toronto neighborhood of Bloor West Village. From the outside, the house doesn’t look like anything out-of-the-ordinary, and even her neighbors had no idea the surprise she kept inside…

Decorated in perfect style circa 1965, the home is intricately and gorgeously decorated in the 1950s and ’60s era — from floor to ceiling. We’re talking metallic wallpaper, modern baroque prints, colorful carpeting, and neo-ornate splendor and much, much more.

The homeowner is a 96-year-old seamstress who has always been passionate interior design, but was never able to make it her profession. Despite her age, she and her family have lovingly maintained the home’s classic beauty and eccentricities for 72 years. The interior remains in absolute pristine condition, and is currently on the market! How much would you love to call this place home?!


3. Arch Daily: What's Worth Saving

Should Victorian-era Architecture be "Saved at all Costs"

Empathetic historicism and romanticising older buildings has become an ever-common sentiment in modern Britain. In an article for the British daily The Telegraph, Stephen Bayley tackles this trend by questioning whether Victorian-era architecture is actually all worth saving? Victorian architecture, so called because it was implemented under the reign of Queen Victoria, was stylistically preoccupied by Gothic Revival — an attempt by architects and commissioners to impose a 'pure', chivalrous unifying aesthetic designed to instill a sense of civic importance and reaffirm a social hierarchy. Yet "their architecture," according to Bayley, "has an inclination to ugliness that defies explanation by the shifting tides of tastes."

It was recently reported by the BBC that repairs to the Palace of Westminster (pictured) could run up to near £6 billion (around $9 billion).


4. Globe and Mail: Toronto City Hall at 50
Alex Bozikovic

City Hall's Alls Well that Ends Well


It landed like an alien spacecraft: the curviest and most innovative thing in a city of straight lines and Victorian brickwork. When City Hall opened in 1965, it instantly transformed Toronto’s image of itself.

Fifty years later, that building and Nathan Phillips Square are Toronto’s civic and symbolic heart. This summer, I saw the square packed with thousands of people for concerts during the Panamania festival; the newly renovated square felt like the city’s grand yet comfortable living room. Like all great design, it seems inevitable.

But as we mark the complex’s 50th anniversary – there is a public party there on Sunday – it’s worth remembering the truth: The hall and square, with their exuberant architecture by the Finn Viljo Revell, just barely came to pass. Toronto surprised itself, with the sort of bold leadership that doesn’t exist in the city today.

This month an exhibition, a series of talks, an online exhibit and a new book start to unpack some of this complex history – which has lessons for Toronto today.

Toronto in the mid-1950s was much smaller, still deeply Protestant and colonial. The project began with political infighting and a mediocre design. And during the eight years from design to opening day, it evolved through Toronto’s contrary strands of boosterism, parochialism, parsimoniousness (there were extended political battles over the furniture and the Henry Moore sculpture on the square) and prudery. (The idea that alcohol might some day be served at a City Hall restaurant prompted angry protests.)

Somehow, it worked out.


5. Globe and Mail: Rehabilitating two Pre-Confederation Houses in Toronto
Dave LeBlanc

Restored townhouses keep Corktown quirky despite gentrification

In August, this space featured a 1960s apartment tower in the running for a 2015 Heritage Toronto William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Award. Today, a second candidate is presented below; in early October, we will present a third. Winners will be announced on Oct. 13 at the Heritage Toronto Awards gala.

Fifteen years ago, Toronto’s Corktown neighbourhood was a destination only to those who lived there. Many buildings were dilapidated, a few were vacant, and alleyways were littered with syringes and condoms. Shady characters on doorsteps steered nice folk into taking evening constitutionals elsewhere; besides, Corktown coffee came only in the lukewarm, greasy spoon variety.

But, as with most pockets of this booming city, gentrification soon came a-calling. However, because of Corktown’s physical makeup – much of it sits in the shadow of the Richmond Sreet overpass, and many streets are narrow culs-de-sac – and because authentic grit is so deeply rooted here, a quirky honesty remains rather than the crass commercialism that usually strangles a neighbourhood.

The Francis Beale Buildings, after restoration by DTAH. (Photo by Arnaud Marthouret)
“There’s a heritage conservation district coming in this area,” says architect Joe Lobko, a partner at DTAH, a firm known for sensitivity to heritage buildings and stunning landscape architecture.



Editor’s Note: The survival, let alone the rehabilitation of these two buildings is a small miracle in overheated Toronto. And a note of disclosure, my husband Robert Allsopp is a partner in dtah.

6. The Globe and Mail: Gardiner Expressway East Section..
John Lorinc

Rerouting the Gardiner: How Toronto has been down this road before

It’s not every day that local politicians get a chance to move something as, well, immovable as a highway.

But that’s just what will happen beginning next week, when a council committee sits down to figure out exactly where the “hybrid” eastern leg of the Gardiner Expressway should run.

During the Sept. 22 public works and infrastructure committee meeting, city staff will present three alternatives to the current routing, which swoops in a broad arc south from the Don Valley Parkway, hugs the northern edge of Keating Channel and then curves back up toward the railway corridor west of Cherry Street.

The options, developed in the wake of last June’s showdown over the highway’s future, feature tighter curves linking the DVP and the Gardiner. The city’s aim is to shift the highway north and free up as much as 121/2 hectares of city-owned shoreline real estate. Staff members estimate land sales could generate proceeds of $60-million to $100-million, depending on the configuration chosen.

The stakes, in other words, are massive.


7. New Legislation a Threat to New York City Heritage
Municipal Arts Foundation (New York)

Testimony re: Intro 775

September 9th, 2015, 10:45 am

Testimony given by Christy MacLear, chair of MASs Preservation Committee

Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on a bill that we believe will have a lasting negative
impact on our city. I am Christy MacLear, member of the Municipal Art Society Board of Directors and
Chair of the organizations Preservation Committee. MAS is a non-profit membership organization that
advocates for intelligent urban planning, design, and preservation. I am joined by architects Judith
Saltzman and Charles Platt who have over 75 years combined expertise building and restoring
landmark buildings.

The 120 year-old Municipal Art Society was the organization that lead the charge to create the
Landmarks Preservation Commission in the 1960s, one of the most far reaching in the nation, after the
devastating loss of Penn Station. We are a group of civic leaders and proud New Yorkers who want to
ensure that we will continue to protect buildings and districts that are of value to our great city.

MAS supports efforts to bring greater transparency and accountability to LPCs work, but we do not
support the legislation being discussed today.

To understand the proposal being discussed today, one must first understand the existing landmarking
process: LPC staff reviews applications and decides whether to calendar a proposal. The act of
calendaring indicates that the LPC has evaluated a building or site, and determined it to be eligible
for landmark designation. Calendaring also triggers a public hearing and a vote by the commissioners
of the LPC. Over the years, LPC has calendared items, but not proceeded with a designation decision,
leaving properties in limbo for years. For example, LPC currently has 96 properties that have been
calendared for 5 years or longer.

Intro 775 would impose time limits for review of applications before the Landmark Preservation
Commission (LPC). It would require LPC to hold a public hearing within 180 days for individual buildings
that have been calendared, and another 180 to make a final decision about the designation, effectively
putting a one-year time limit on LPC review of applications. Historic districts would have to be
reviewed and designated or dismissed within two years. If no action is taken, then the application
would be automatically dismissed. In all cases, properties that were not designated would receive a 5-
year ban where resubmission would not be allowed. All items calendared at the time the law goes into
effect must be designated or dismissed within 18 months.

While we have concerns about many elements of the bill, the most dangerous section is the proposed
five-year moratorium on reconsiderations of potential landmarks. The original 1965 version of the
landmarks law had a moratorium provision which Ada Louise Huxtable, in a New York Times editorial,
called the laws weakness and an extraordinary joker in the final revision. She goes on to say:
&this extremely questionable solution is no more than an ironic guarantee of speculative
destruction as usual  under protection of the preservation law itself.

In 1973 the City Council itself recognized that the moratorium was antithetical to the ideals of the
Landmarks Preservation Commission, and amended the law, and the moratorium provision was
eliminated. Inserting a new moratorium into the law today will only go backwards in time and
endanger the very intent law. We strongly advise you to remove the moratorium provision from

As you move forward, we urge the Council to consider a set of agency rules, rather than legislation, to
improve transparency and move applications more swiftly through LPC. Or, you could draft legislation
that sets a framework for new LPC policy, rather than dictating the policy itself.

We look forward to working with the Council and LPC on such a set of rules, and hope they will
consider the following recommendations as conversations continue:

The deadlines in the bill are too short. LPC should be given two years or longer to review and designate
or dismiss individual applications, rather than a year, and specific time periods of 6 months for each
step of the designation process are unnecessary. For historic districts, LPC should have at least 3 years
for review of historic districts. In fact, an analysis by Landmarks West showed that nearly 40 districts
would not have been designated with the language in the proposed legislation.

We believe that automatically dismissing properties if no action is taken undermines the Landmarks
Law, and should be withdrawn from consideration. This dangerous proposal could allow property to
run out the clock on applications. MAS is equally opposed to a five year ban if a property is not
designated. In fact, we believe this is a dangerous step backwards, since the Landmarks Law used to
allow dismissal with prejudice.

MAS opposed LPCs proposal to clear its backlog of calendared items without holding public hearings,
and we are pleased that the agency will now review the applications through a series of public
hearings. We have reviewed all the proposals and look forward to commenting in more detail at the

We urge the Committee to work with LPC to continue to improve its website. We applaud for the
changes LPC made over the past year to bring greater transparency to its website, and hope more
changes are on the way. For example, application presentations should be online at least two weeks
before a hearing is held and agendas for each meeting should link directly to presentation materials.

Regarding Intro 837, an online database seems like a fine idea, but we ask that the Council work with
LPC to ensure that the database is not too far reaching, and doesnt impose an undue burden on the

Thank you for the opportunity to testify today.


8. Globe and Mail: Protecting Modernist Heritage
Dave LeBlanc

'McMansion' threat in Modernist Scarborough community ignites activism

It has received the UNESCO stamp of approval. The World Monuments Fund advocates for it. Entire cities, such as Palm Springs, Calif., rely on it for tourism. Governments routinely designate single buildings and whole neighbourhoods because of it.

Its finally safe to say that Modernism  that distinctive, unadorned, optimistic, future-forward and magical architecture that changed the way we see ourselves during the postwar period  has more admirers than detractors.

But what it really needs to survive is hard-working folk who go above and beyond; people who do the legwork, digging, organizing, door-to-door pamphlet dropping, phone calls and letter writing.

When Lisa Duperreault and her husband Garnet bought a home in Midland Park in 1994, Mid-century Modern was not part of her vocabulary; while the low-slung, 1959 post-and-beam homes in this leafy, central Scarborough enclave were certainly a textbook example of that style, and their realtor had used the term California Modern to describe them, we didnt know what it meant, she says.

Midland Park dates to the late-fifties and many of houses retain the Mid-Century Modern sensibilities that to this day remain a selling point.
The fronts looked very plain, she says. I found that really strange because, normally, youre used to the living room window at the front  a big bay window thing. And, no garage was something that we were kind of concerned about, because every house that Ive ever lived in, and Garnet as well, had a garage.

However, the neighbourhood spoke a clear language regardless; after all, fluency in Italian isnt required to identify an Italian love song, and the love that architect Edward Ross lavished on these homes for developer Curran Hall was obvious.

It wasnt until over a decade later, however, that Ms. Duperreault learned the specifics as to why Modernist architects favoured carports over garages (they dissolve into the streetscape better), and eschewed front porches and showboating picture windows in favour of floor-to-ceiling windows that look onto private backyard gardens.

Soon, she was energized. While a mural (completed in late 2010) celebrating the neighbourhoods history at Oakley Boulevard and Ellesmere Avenue helped educate residents and passersby, she felt it wasnt enough. So, Ms. Duperreault formed the Midland Park Modernism Alliance in 2011. I really wanted to do it for the people who live here, she says. Everyone knows they have something special, but they dont know why.

Modernist architects favoured carports over garages and eschewed front porches and showboating picture windows in favour of floor-to-ceiling windows that look onto private backyard gardens. (Lisa Duperreault)
She created a website, midlandparktoronto.com, and filled it with history  Curran Hall was owned by Paul Hellyer, Canadas defence minister in the 1960s  and with entertaining tidbits on how to identify Modernism. At first, she envisioned the site as a resource for those seeking to understand their homes and, with hope, to be a little more sympathetic when renovating. You cant go to Home Depot and buy the skinny baseboards, she says, and when youre working with contractors, they want to give you the homogenized stuff. And if you dont have your wits about you, you end up decorating all wrong.

And it worked, she says. Right from the get-go, it has had what we call in sales stickiness, and Ive had this slow momentum building.

A reissue of the original Curran Hall brochure, featuring floor plans and original prices  from $14,270 to $17,930  was a hit with residents, and taught them that six of the homes were Design Council Award winners. A few original residents of Midland Park sent Ms. Duperreault snapshots of their homes when new, with muddy roads and baby trees (although it should be noted that mature trees, wherever possible, were retained, as well as the sites natural topography  this was no bulldoze-and-start-fresh approach).

Then, a couple of things happened that changed everything.

A reissue of the original Curran Hall brochure, featuring floor plans and original prices  from $14,270 to $17,930  was a hit with residents.
In March, 2013, Canadas first Heritage Conservation District (HCD) of Modernist homes, Briarcliffe in Ottawa, was created. Then, in the summer of 2014, Midland Park residents learned an application to develop a McMansion had been filed on Rosswood Crescent; while other Toronto Mid-century hotbeds, such as Don Mills, already have dozens, this would be Midland Parks first, and its nearly 5,000 square feet not only would tower over other homes, it would set a dangerous precedent.

While Ms. Duperreault had already written to the citys Heritage Preservation Services about considering Midland Park as Torontos first Modernist HCD  something the department wholeheartedly agrees with but says budgets prevent until 2017  the monster home threat galvanized her into taking further action. Within two weeks, a focus group of 25 active community members was formed to discuss both the HCD option and the public hearing for the minor variance that would make a major difference on Rosswood.

Ms. Duperreault stresses, however, that the HCD was the main agenda item, since its better to focus on what your goal is, because the rest sorts itself out. By the end of January, 2015, door-to-door volunteers had collected 500 signatures that represented about 300 homes  or almost half of the homes in Midland Park  in support of an heritage designation. A further 50 residents signed a form letter and sent it to their city councillor.

By the end of January, 2015, door-to-door volunteers had collected 500 signatures that represented about 300 homes  or almost half of the homes in Midland Park  in support of an heritage designation. (Lisa Duperreault)
At Ms. Duperreaults request, the campaign received support letters. Mr. Hellyer, now 92, wrote that he wanted to create something different from the tract housing subdivisions hed seen elsewhere. Scarborough Community Preservation Panel chairman Rick Schofield observed that it is quite unusual for a neighbourhood to have retained all the original architectural styles with renovations that are in keeping with the original design. The son and grandsons of John Race, Curran Halls secretary-treasurer, wrote that the heritage features of the Midland Park neighbourhood have created a cultural identity that resonates with its occupants.

While the McMansion will almost certainly get built, this avalanche of appreciation has resulted in a sine die on the application and forced consultations between the property owner and concerned residents. Even though a more sympathetic architectural plan may result, only an HCD can dictate the size and setbacks of complete rebuilds or additions.

This doesnt faze Ms. Duperreault, however, who has seen what happens when people come together: Whatever chemistry we have, its magic, she says. I have not fought to make this happen, I havent struggled, its all just been a real nice evolution.

And even the variance, it came at a perfect time  I think everything happens for a reason, and I think this is meant to be.


9. Toronto Star: Guild Inn Update
Lauren Pelley

Guild Inn restoration set to begin soon

from Toronto Star, house in 1944


The Guild Inn as it appeared in 1944, when the federal government announced that nerve-shattered soldiers would be treated in the Guild of All Arts building.

The stately Guild Inn, in the heart of Scarborough’s Guildwood Village, has long been a shell of its former glorious self.

Where windows once offered a view of artists, sculptors and craftsmen at work, there are now boards. And where guests could once walk freely on the grounds, a bright yellow sign reading “DANGER – KEEP OUT” now hangs on fencing wrapped around the dilapidated estate.

But after decades of disrepair, the historic Toronto landmark is set to undergo a transformation, breathing new life into the century-old property once used as an inn and artists’ colony.

Demolitions and restoration efforts will start within a couple of months, according to representatives for the City of Toronto and Dynamic Hospitality and Entertainment Group, the company given the green light to redevelop the site back in 2014.


10. Guardian: A Carbuncle--To Demolish or Not to Demolish
Jonathan Jones, forwarded by Stephen Otto

Should Britains worst building be demolished?

There are two terrible differences between architecture and other art forms – permanence and prominence. No one is making us read books we don’t like and even the lousiest art exhibition soon ends, but the ludicrous warped ostentation of the Walkie Talkie is not going anywhere, no matter how many prizes for bad architecture it wins, nor can anyone in or near the City of London avoid its manic parody of modernity.

It’s time to reject this fatalistic sense that grandiose design mistakes are irreversible – that we just have to put up with them. I seriously think this building should be done away with. The reason is not just that it is silly in itself, bulging on the skyline like a model that has somehow wandered out of the 1960s TV show Thunderbirds, but even more urgently to shock developers into some sense of humility. For the Walkie Talkie, let’s face it, is just the most risible of the plague of big, bad buildings eating up the capital’s sky.

Demolish this deranged building to create a firebreak that ends the inferno of towers

London is being wrecked by outrageous crimes against architectural taste. Walking around the City, it really seems there is a competition to put up the most cynically flashy, vacuously ahistorical and insensitive eyesores. A corporate dystopia is being built before our eyes. This rush towards a chilly fake avant garde future seems unstoppable. What can anyone do, apart from moan or award the Carbuncle Cup? This is what we can do: demolish this deranged building to create a firebreak that ends the inferno of towers.


11. Globe and Mail: Archaeological Discovery at Globe and Mail Site
John Allemang

Archeologists find link to 200-year-old scandal under new Globe home

Newspapers, even this one, love a juicy scandal. But how often do they surface in your own backyard?

Make that resurface. An archeological dig on the site of The Globe and Mail’s new headquarters in the oldest part of Toronto has revealed the remains of Berkeley House – home to a man who killed the attorney-general of Upper Canada in a duel fought over gossip his wife slept around.

“It’s a miracle that these foundations exist,” said archeologist Keith Powers as he surveyed the newly uncovered walls and beams that have somehow survived Toronto’s transformation from muddy colonial capital to development-hungry metropolis.

But the past has ways of persisting, thanks to city planning laws that require developers to undertake archeological assessments in heritage areas before they get to build our glass towers. The regeneration of the east-of-Jarvis neighbourhood that formed the original town of York is now laying bare 200-year-old rivalries and innuendos that were rife in an overly intimate government town of 400 people where everyone was jockeying for positio


12. Urban Toronto: Archaeological Discovery in Toronto, 1831 Market
Stefan Nokavic

1831 Foundations Uncovered at North St. Lawrence Market Site

In the young and relentlessly changing city of Toronto, today's architectural heritage rarely stretches back far enough to showcase the rows of centuries-old, historic buildings for which some other cities are known. Toronto is a new urban space, and it is one where the rate of architectural turnover has been staggering, with new streetscapes seeming to wipe away their predecessors every few decades. While these changes mean that much of the city's architectural past is lost to 21st century eyes, surprisingly deep layers of history often remain buried underground, preserved beneath the city being built above. Such is the case at the construction site of the upcoming Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Adamson Associates Architects-designed St. Lawrence Market North (below), where evidence of previous markets built in 1831, 1851, and 1904 was recently discovered.


13. BBC: The Fight to Save Kolkata's Heritage Homes
Divya Guha, BBC

Kolkata's historic homes reflect a rich architectural heritage - where European styles are blended with mix of colonial and Indian influences. But they are now under threat, as Divya Guha reports.


14. Winnipeg Free Press: Endangered species: 90-year-old wooden barn one-of-a-kind in Western Canada
Bill Redekop

It was originally a dairy barn, with cattle on one side and work horses on the other. The main floor is close to 5,000 square feet and the loft doubles that. It still has the original concrete floors.

PHOTOS BY BILL REDEKOP / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Curtis Gervin and his massive barn that was built in 1924

BROOMHILL -- To rebuild Curtis Gervin's 90-year-old barn today -- believed to be the only two-siloed wooden barn still standing in Western Canada -- would cost more than $1 million, he estimates.

But in 1924, two brothers from Chicago spared no expense.

Albert and Ephraim Ivers went to southwestern Manitoba and purchased 1,600 acres of crop land. That's an extraordinary land holding, about 10 times the size of most farms back when people still cropped quarter sections (160 acres).

Then they built the most extravagant barn with top-of-line technology, including two built-in wood silos, a wooden air-duct system and a railing system for manually moving the feed bucket from stall to stall.

Then they went broke, as farms so often do when they are financed by investors from the city. But they left behind one amazing barn.

The barn near Broomhill, south of Virden and more than 300 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg, is featured in Bob Hainstock's Barns of Western Canada, the definitive work on these pastoral works of architecture.

"You have to remember the 1920s were a boom time in agriculture. Adjusted for inflation, the price for a bushel of wheat was about $35," said Gervin, of the Iver brothers' attempt to capitalize on the farm economy. "Western Canada was opening up and investors had the idea to buy land and make a fortune when it appreciated."

Many old barns have collapsed since being archived in Hainstock's book from 1985, but not Gervin's. He's already spent $30,000 replacing the roof. It still had its original cedar shingles.

"This one's lucky. I don't know if it's built better. I do believe what kills a building is not using it."

His barn is still very functional, used for calving 800 cows. He has added some modern touches, such as three calving cameras to monitor for birthing problems.