A public open house is planned for stakeholders and the public to learn more and to provide input on the City's proposal to expand its heritage registry to include examples of modern movement architecture. Staff will be on hand to discuss displays and answer questions, and comment forms will be provided.
Don Luxton, a renowned heritage consultant from Vancouver, will be present to share his research on the topic. In 1990, Vancouver became one of the first municipalities in North America to expand the scope of its heritage inventory to include notable examples of modern architecture.
What: OPEN HOUSE – Preserving the Modern
When: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
With presentations at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: Victoria City Hall, Antechamber
(Corner of Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue)
Registration is not required. Coffee and tea will be provided.
Feedback from this consultation will inform development of a report that will be presented to Council at the end of April.
Eleven potential modern movement sites in Victoria have been identified and statements of significance outline their need for protection and preservation. There is concern that if these buildings go unprotected, milestones of architectural development in Victoria could be threatened by demolition or alternation.
These sites include:
* Bay Street Hydro Substation - 637 Bay Street
* City Brokerage Building - 1018 Blanshard Street
* B.C. Electric Company Building - 1515 Blanshard Street
* CNIB Building - 1609 Blanshard Street
* City Hall Annex - 1 Centennial Square
* Ballantyne's Florist Building - 912 Douglas Street
* Bental Building - 1060-80 Douglas Street
* Royal Bank Building - 1501 Douglas Street
* Main Post Office and Federal Building - 1230 Government Street
* Bank of Toronto Building - 630 Yates Street
* Odeon Theatre Building - 780 Yates Street