Comment 84561

By rrrandy (registered) - website | Posted December 30, 2012 at 12:58:25

Dear Mayor and Council,

I am very concerned that an important part of our built heritage in the heart of downtown could be demolished due to a simple matter of missed schedules.

Pre-confederation stone buildings like these standing over the Gore Park are hopefully worth considering a special meeting of council before January 9 to prevent a demolition permit from ending our hopes to retain this significant section of the downtown's history.

Buildings like these cannot be replicated or replaced. Losing architecturally significant buildings designed by important architects like William Thomas diminish our city's connection to our past and to the heritage of Ontario, where Hamilton has played such a significant role.

We have lost so many historical buildings already downtown, we need to make special efforts to protect what remains if the historical character of our city is to have any integrity.

I think back to the calls to demolish the Lister Block, and the special efforts made to save that important building, which most would agree is a feather in our cap today.

I would appreciate hearing from any of you with your opinions on how we might save these buildings.

I am looking to council for leadership on this issue.

Hoping for a happy heritage new year!

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