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Old Posted Jan 22, 2022, 4:58 AM
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[Halifax] Waverley Inn (1266 Barrington) | 28 m | 10 fl | Proposed

The long rumoured redevelopment of the Waverley Inn at 1266 Barrington Street is now heading through the approval process. As per Old South Suburb Heritage rules the first step is for approval of the substantial heritage alterations. The heritage building will be restored but the rear addition will be removed. The new addition will be a modern 10-storey building to the rear and south. This will add approximately 113 new rooms to the inn.

Case H00519 - Substantial Alteration to the Contributing Heritage Resource at 1266 Barrington Street, Halifax (rendering below can be found in this report).

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Thanks for posting. I think this one is great.

If you look at the report the building is missing a bunch of original details and they will restore a lot of those like the cupola and side windows. It is a nice heritage building today that adds some character to the block but clearly could be much better still, true of many heritage buildings in the city.

To my eyes the tower in behind and next to it doesn't detract at all and if anything ties it in better with the building next door. The parkade entrance is a bit unfortunate but it's better than the parking lot that's there now. I like the 60's/70's styling of the new portion. Also like how slender it is along the Barrington frontage.

This stretch of Barrington needs 8 or 10 projects like this and then it will be really eclectic, packed with architectural interest, and have enough density to be decently busy with lots of businesses. I'm interested to see the rumoured Elmwood proposal (I hope it's more like this one and not like say Summer Gardens that left only a stripped down facade).
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It'll be interesting to see this slim tower wedged in between the Waverley and the Thompson (which I've always quite liked for its mid-century panache). That'll make for an eclectic of fairly dense buildings on narrow footprints. Good to see.

I would really love to see the building from 1272-76 get some kind of restoration next.
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Interesting juxtaposition - I like it!
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I like it too. Way better than the old "it's in the way, so tear it down" modus operandi of recent years past.

As an aside, I find it interesting that the rendering has a well-drawn '64 or '65 Thunderbird on the street rather than the usual mix of Audis and Porsches... maybe I read too much into things, but to me it seems like a clue that this project is coming from a different mindset than is typical for Halifax.
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As an aside, I find it interesting that the rendering has a well-drawn '64 or '65 Thunderbird on the street rather than the usual mix of Audis and Porsches... maybe I read too much into things, but to me it seems like a clue that this project is coming from a different mindset than is typical for Halifax.
And there is not a single Gucci store in sight.

Nor do we see a zombie pushing a stroller into traffic.
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Love it! This is the kind of development the South End needs. Mid rise, so no one gets ticked off, and saves the heritage of "old" Halifax. (So no one gets ticked off)
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Mid rise, so no one gets ticked off
Well, almost no one. I see the Heritage Trust is predictably apoplectic. Per The Herald...er, Saltwire:

"Andrew Murphy, president of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, said the proposal is another example of an inappropriate addition to a heritage building. In a phone interview Monday, Murphy said the addition wouldn’t fit the context of the old architecture and is far too big.

The city’s standards say the new addition must be subordinate to the heritage building.

'Subordinate in my mind means less than, but that’s not how they’re interpreting it,”'Murphy said.

In the report, staff say the new addition won’t displace the character-defining elements of the Waverley. The addition’s uniform materials and appearance of the addition sitting behind the Waverley achieve subordination, they wrote.

Murphy said it’s good that the developer is retaining the original building but there’s a cost to that. Cities that have been well preserved like Quebec City or Paris are huge tourist destinations.

'But Halifax everyday is beginning to look more and more like Mississauga, (Ont.),' he said."

Far too big! So there. Harrumph.

PS - "Saltwire"...say, isn't that what NSPI likes to blame power outages on?
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I guess "Too much like Mississauga" is the new "We're not Toronto!".

Those people are certifiable, I swear.
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Yeah, it's unfortunate. I used to be supportive of what they were supposed to stand for, but it seems they have crossed the line into neverneverland, leaving us with no real, effective heritage advocacy group.
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I guess "Too much like Mississauga" is the new "We're not Toronto!"
Bizarrely, had Saberi ever actually built the Twisted Sisters, Murphy might have had a point. I wonder if he's ever seen Absolute World...
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Unanimous approval by council:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-...reet-1.6394062

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Halifax regional council voted unanimously in favour of a proposal to restore the front section of the Waverley Inn on Barrington Street and add a 10-storey addition to the rear of the property.

The project includes replacing a south-side breakfast room and a cupola that had been covered up or removed, the reinstatement of two Corinthian columns and repairing architectural detailing on doors and windows.

"We're excited for the Waverley, we plan on being the long-term owners and operators," said Jordan Ghosn, one of the partners with Grafton Developments.

A longtime employee of the inn spoke in favour of the proposal at a public hearing held Tuesday night.

"The plan will keep the hotel viable. Offering short and long-term accommodation will give the Waverley a long and bright future," said Calvin Blades.
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