By Kayla Jonas
Published August 29, 2011
The historic building at 377 Shaver Road in Hamilton caught fire early in the morning on Saturday, August 13.
The house had been sitting empty for some time and it was owned by a developer who had plans for a subdivision on the lands.
Shortly after the fire the building inspector ordered "to make the property safe and remove all unsafe conditions on the property". This resulted in the demolition of the entire house.
Pictures from the property as it sits now show that the building was taken down, and done so in a manner that means none of the waste can be salvaged.
Part of one of the walls still standing
The loss of this heritage building is made worse by the fact that it wasn't taken down in a way that respected the materials and ensure that they could be used to repair or restore other local buildings.
What can we do to ensure that:
These fires stop happening; and
If demolition is necessary the building materials can be reused for other historic or new construction buildings?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!
First published on Kayla's personal website, Adventures in Heritage.
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