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Old Posted Feb 15, 2020, 8:38 PM
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This is a bit old now but back in the fall a 15-month restoration of Halifax's town clock was completed. It started keeping time in 1803 and the original clock is still running:




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Originally slated for demolition, Hamilton Strip is going to be restored to it's original state and used as a community space (strip club is now closed).
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I had no idea that there was a Hard Rock Cafe in this structure in what appears to be the 70's. wasn't it a jean shop, or Arcade before becoming a Hard Rock again in the 90's before now being a shoppers?


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Ha...great 70s pics.
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Old Posted Mar 30, 2020, 4:03 PM
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Here is a building I always wondered what it looked like when it was built and if there is anything underneath worth restoring. As far as I can tell she's always been an ugly one. That corner is one of the ugliest near the core.


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Old Posted Mar 30, 2020, 4:06 PM
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Oddfellows Hall is located at 450 Yonge St (at College St) in downtown #Toronto, Ontario, Canada. - Built in 1891

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I don't recall ever seeing a building with that kind of irregular pattern in the contrasting brick surrounding the windows. Very interesting.
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The Tip Top Tailors building is located at 637 Lake Shore Blvd West (just west of Bathurst St) near the waterfront in #Toronto, Ontario, Canada. - Built in 1929, this historic building was the headquarters for the men’s clothing company. It was home to Tip Top Tailors office, factory and warehouse. The business was founded in 1909 by David Dunkelman, a Polish-Jewish immigrant. The menswear company had outgrown their previous location at 260 Richmond St West (see post dated Feb 8/20). The building on the Lake Shore was designed by architects Bishop & Miller in Art Deco styling with geometric shapes in terracotta panels, copper and bronze metalwork and low-relief sculpture. In 2003, the landmark was given heritage status. - Now the Tip Top Tailor Lofts, this beautiful piece of architecture was converted to condo-lofts in the mid 2000’s and an additional 5 glass storeys were added



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Something a little different......


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The Zanzibar Tavern is located at 359 Yonge St (just south of Gerrard St East), in downtown #Toronto, Ontario, Canada. - Prior to being the Zanzibar, the building was home to the Rosticceria Tavern and Hunter’s Studio around 1950. In 1960, it became the Zanzibar Tavern, a live music venue featuring jazz and blues. It later became a go-go dancer club with rock’n’roll music. The Zanzibar became an adult entertainment nightclub in the 1970’s. The club has been featured in many Hollywood movies. - Thanks to the City of Toronto Archives for the vintage photos





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The Hotel Victoria is located at 56 Yonge St (just north of Wellington St W) in the Financial District of Old #Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Guests can enjoy all the modern comforts and convenience of this charming boutique hotel. - Originally named the Hotel Mossop, the historic building opened around 1909 and had 48 rooms. The owner, Frederick Mossop, commissioned well-known architect JP Hynes to design a fireproof hotel. - By 1927, the hotel’s third owners, the Elliot Brothers, bought the hotel and completely refurbished and renovated the building. They renamed it Hotel Victoria in honour of Queen Victoria. - In 1971, Hotel Victoria was purchased by Paul Phelan for $10,000. After a gradual decline in the five decades earlier, Mr Phelan did another full renovation at a cost of $2,500,000. - Between 1984 to 2017



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The former Ideal Bread Company Factory is located at 183-193 Dovercourt Rd (at Arygle St) in the Beaconsfield Village neighbourhood of #Toronto, Ontario, Canada. - Built in 1919 in the Edwardian Classical style, the factory bakery was designed by Sydney Comber, a Montreal architect. On each level, the windows were uniquely designed to show the separation by factory floors, of the processes that went into making the bread. The arched ground-floor doors were for loading bread onto delivery wagons and trucks. It was restored in 2007 and converted into 80 lofts.



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Thanks for the interesting building profiles!
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Thanks for the interesting building profiles!
Thanks, you know, maybe people here are still interested in urban and architectural discussions?
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Proposal in Old Ottawa East, part of the Greystone Village development. The Deschâtelets Building's adaptive re-use will include an elementary school, a community centre and affordable housing on the top two floors.

Greystone is about 600-700 meters from Lees station (Line 1) and next door to St-Paul University.

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The Regional Group is proposing the adaptive reuse of the Deschâtelets building into a community centre and elementary school in Greystone Village, including the demolition of the "Chapel Wing".

Architect: Hobin Architecture


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https://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans...appId=__BSH53K


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Here's an image of the Greystone masterplan (January 2019, over a year before the above proposal, still showing the Chapel wing now slated to be demolished), a significant new development in the central area of the city:


https://renx.ca/downtown-homes-townh...stone-village/
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127 Hughson St. in Hamilton is getting restored into office spaces.

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After a 3-year restoration - involving the disassembly and reassembly of the entire building - Calgary’s 109-year-old city hall is being unveiled in two weeks. I’m so stoked, it’s such a beautiful little treat in the city. It’s clock is one of only six of its kind ever built.

The building was disassembled brick by brick so that each brick could be cleaned, the grout could be replaced, and the original wooden superstructure be replaced be a steel superstructure. The clock was also restored. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the roof turns out as well.

Here’s from the city website:

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The rehabilitation of Calgary’s Historic City Hall is one of the most significant heritage projects currently underway in Canada. The scope of work is extensive, including restoration of the building’s foundation, roof, verandas, porticos and other structural components in between. The following is a broad overview of the work that will take place:

- Sandstone and concrete of the building’s foundation will be renewed
- New site drainage system
- New structural steel inside the 100 foot clock tower from the third floor up
- Structural rehabilitation on verandas and balconies
- Reinforcement of the cupola and replacement of roof
- Treatments of almost almost every piece of sandstone on the building. Of the building’s 15,522 pieces of sandstone, 15,142 of those have been specified to require some kind of treatment (cleaning, structural fortification or replacement)
- New windows to replicate the originals. Original window frames will be rehabilitated
- Exterior perimeter lighting
https://www.calgary.ca/CS/CPB/Pages/...jectScope.aspx



This is what it looked like before the restoration:



https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.660c...city-hall/amp/

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I’ll post pics of the restoration as soon as the wrapping comes down.
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Is the building still being used for any city functions? Or is it just a historic site?
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Is the building still being used for any city functions? Or is it just a historic site?
It still literally functions as Calgary’s City Hall. The council chamber, offices of the councillors, and Office of the Mayor are in the building. The larger Municipal Building, built in the 80s, houses the rest of the functions of the city government.
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That’s a pretty extensive restoration. I am sure the result will be impressive but I hope the building will not lose its soul in the process. I am not sure how much of the interior will be preserved but replacing the wood structure with steel sounds a bit extreme (or is it just the tower?).
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