I’m in a new state of shock. Yet again the city lets a heritage property go to ruin and become the subject of demolition by neglect. Add this one to the list of Somerset Hotel, 234 O’Connor Street, and previous to those Our Lady’s School on Murray Street at Cumberland. I’d like to say I don’t believe it but alas I do. I am so not impressed with the management of this city! Priorities are exclusively making money – at any cost. That can be a fine game for a period of time until you realize you’ve gone too far! Sort of like some neighbourhoods that have become desirable because of their character and then in a rush to capitalize on that developers arrive building overly large structures and extinguishing what drew people to the area to start with.
So if I’m understanding correctly a heritage property can be entrust in the hands of a foreign country and then left to rot. The pics make it look like they ran it into the ground. Let go so that they could pursue their ultimate desires of a new construction. Surely decisions with regards the protection of our heritage cannot rest in the hands of other countries. A country who has left the property go to ruin. How can this be right?
Judy Deegan, Heritage Keeper for Sandy Hill has made these comments:
Here’s what I sent to Erin Topping in the City’s Heritage Planning Section on March 6, 2009, regarding the Egyptian Embassy’s request to tear down its two buildings on Laurier and replace them with a large oblong building that would have taken up over 2/3 of the block. It was to be only about 3 or 4 stories high, but it was entirely out of character with the existing streetscape.
The key problem, I thought, was the creating of a precedent that many embassies might find very attractive.
If the City’s bylaw is still in place, the same arguments pertain to what the Ugandans want to do. Their proposed building doesn’t look bad and in fact looks similar to what they want to tear down. However if they are allowed to go ahead and build new, a lot of other embassies in small late 19th/early 20th century houses may use this as a precedent to try to tear down a residential building to put up a block-y building that fits their office needs.
“Dear Ms. Topping,
Discussions at last evening’s meeting organized by Georges Bédard underlined to me that it is absolutely crucial the City uphold its existing bylaw permitting diplomatic missions to locate only in existing houses converted for that purpose in Sandy Hill–not in new, purpose-built office buildings.
Allowing the Egyptian Embassy to evade this zoning requirement by destroying two attractive houses and building a modern chancery on the site sets a very dangerous precedent that affects the 40-odd other diplomatic missions now located in existing older buildings in Sandy Hill. If this bylaw is in place in other neighbourhoods, it also affects missions located in Centretown, the Glebe, New Edinburgh and other centrally located residential areas favoured by foreign embassies.
It is not easy to shoe-horn modern Embassy operations into 100-year-old mansions. That is why many countries choose to locate their chanceries in downtown office towers, with modern facilities. If the City favours the Egyptians with this bylaw amendment, other missions will find it extremely tempting to get around the inconveniences of working in quaint Victorian houses by simply demolishing them and starting afresh. When you think of the number of Embassies on Range Road alone, you can imagine what the future might hold.
I urge the City to uphold its own laws.
The city’s Heritage Planning section approved the demolition of 6 (6!) perfectly good, mid-price rental buildings. How big of a mountain of garbage does that create? And what did we get? An 8-storey monstrosity to temporarily house students who will leave after 2 or 3 years. Meanwhile the inhabitants of Sandy Hill have to live with this aggressive thing for the next 50+ years.
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This current post is inspired from my post from last week about the CIVIC Pharmacy sign. In that article I discovered it qualified as Googie style? Googie what? I now understand it falls under the umbrella of the mid-century modern style. It is futurist and can be a bit kitsch. But I must admit I can be drawn to kitsch. It can be fun! Whimsical! I’m reading that Frank Lloyd Wrigth’s Guggenheim could be Googie – I can see that.
Googie architecture style is one with exaggerated, stylized characteristics. Typical features are cantilevered structures, acute angles, illuminated plastic paneling, geometric shapes, cutouts, and tailfins.
John Lautner is the most prominent architect responsible for the Googie style. And he was prolific!
Baxter House, 1940, Los Angeles, California
Ironically built for Frank Lloyd Wright’s granddaughter
Foster Carling House, 1949, Los Angeles, California
Built around the rocks it is one of his most famous structures. The outdoor pool continues inside further blurring the line between outdoor and indoor.
Norms La Cienega, 1957, La Cienega, Los Angeles, California
Considered the stellar example of Googie style. The most imaginative example of the style!
Tucson Inn Sign, 1957, Arizona
In this instance it’s not so much the Inn that is noteworthy but the Inn signage. In it you will recognize why the CIVIC sign is of Googie Style.
Vincent Massey Park, 1958, Hart Massey
The structures in the park won the Massey Medal for Architecture in 1958
Las Vegas Welcome Sign, 1959, Las Vegas, Nevada
As iconic as the city the sign was designed by Betty Willis.
Chemosphere House, 1960, Los Angeles, California
Encyclopeadia Britannica once called it the most modern home built. Can’t say I like it too much, although in another sense I can’t seem to pull my gaze away from it.
Garcia House, 1962, Los Angeles, California
This home sits on 60 feet stilts above the canyon below. It is also known as the Rainbow House because of its roofline and coloured stained windows.
LAX Los Angeles Airport Theme Building, 1962
Design by James Landgenheim, of Perira & Luckman, and William Pereira and Charles Lucknan
The distinctive building is representative of a flying saucer having landed.
Sheats-Goldstein Residence, 1963, Los Angeles, California
It is build along a sandstone dege of the hillside. Parts of it a bit cave like and part of it open to nature.
Elrod House, 1968, Palm Springs, California
I can understand why the Acapulco client wanted a similar structure. It’s one of my favourites. The only thing I’m not a fan of is these houses often have built in furniture. Of course if not built in not everything goes that’s for sure.
Walstrom House, 1969 Santa Monica, California
Built on the side of a hill, this home is at one with nature.
Arango Marbrisa House, 1971, Acapulco
The client having seen the Elrod House wanted something similar in Acapulco.
Bob Hope Residence, 1979
An absolutely stunning structure. When I toured mid-century homes in Palm Springs this one was on the tour but could only be seen from a distance to ovoid gawkers. Gawker – me! No!
El Camino Real Santa Clasra, California
House of the Future
A great example of how far Googie Syle could have gone.
Slovakian Gas Station
Architect Atelier SAD 2011, Not Lautner’s but in the Googie style though much later.
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