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#41 Holden West

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 06:27 PM

And now that the Shamrock and Crystal Court are doomed it's one of the last of the Victoria old-school motels.
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#42 Urbalist

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 04:28 PM

Vancouver is going through a process to recognize the 2400 Motel, and they own it! As it is essentially a collection of low density cabins, my guess is that the sign and cabins along the frontage on Kingsway - the most significant (with its association with autos) will be saved. The rest of the property will redevelop as valuable and needed housing.

http://www.heritagev... ... 06_05.html

In our region, we'll see some of this happen on the Gorge, although adaptive re-use to SROs seems the direction.

#43 Ms. B. Havin

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 09:57 AM

There's a locked article in today's Times-Colonist "Business" section (Sat. 11/25), which someone can perhaps post?

Surf Motel gets facelift

The iconic Surf Motel on the Dallas Road waterfront is getting a facelift.


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#44 Holden West

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 10:01 AM

^Oh, no, that can't be good. It looks fine as it is. They'll probaby tart it up and ruin it like the Shamrock hotel--trying unsuccessfully to hide its clean modernist lines with some cheap fake crap. I can't bear to look.
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 10:04 AM

Surf Motel gets facelift

Darron Kloster, Times Colonist
Published: Saturday, November 25, 2006

The iconic Surf Motel on the Dallas Road waterfront is getting a facelift.

Jana Mangelsen, whose husband Randy inherited the hotel from his parents and the Surf's founders after both died earlier this year, said a new roof has been put on the 1960 landmark and a contractor is replacing the balconies.

Several callers to the Times Colonist this week were wondering if the Surf was being torn down.

That isn't the case, says Jana. The hotel closes every year in late fall and will reopen again, as usual, Feb. 1.

"Even the contractor is getting a lot of questions from people just stopping by," she said.

A movie production company will be using the Surf to film a made-for-TV movie over three days in early December.

Peter Mangelsen, who built the 14-unit hotel and ran it with his wife, Alice, for more than 40 years, died Oct. 8 at age 95. Alice had passed in June at age 89.

#46 Holden West

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 10:42 AM

That sounds good.
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#47 Holden West

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 09:17 AM

If every building looked like The Empress

Times Colonist
Published: Saturday, December 09, 2006

We are told that Victoria lives by tourism, that the bulk of visitors are Americans and that this season tourist numbers are down. All the more reason to ask ourselves if our visitors will continue to come if Victoria grows to look more and more like Seattle or Vancouver.

We must say an emphatic "no" to the proposition that the appearance of our city should be decided by "the market," developers who have never had any interest in anything other than short-term profit.

Does anyone really believe that a further plethora of skyscrapers and ugly matchboxes will bring people here? Take a look at the Songhees area.

The proposed expansion of the The Bay site, "overheight" and "over the top," deserves nothing less than the appellation "obscene carbuncle."

If we do not get a mayor and council with some vision, we will soon have lots of these. The great cities that attract visitors and residents are overwhelmingly those with great architecture: Classic (meaning having stood the test of time) architecture, of whatever period. Modern architecture is, with very few exceptions, sterile and banal.

Crowds would be attracted to Victoria if essentially the whole of the city core was built in the style of the legislature and Empress buildings!

H.U.P. Edwards,

North Saanich.
© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2006

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Good idea, Mr. Edwards. And we can change Victoria's slogan to "The Town That Just Gave Up".

And let me know when those 500 Italian stonemasons arrive.
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Posted 09 December 2006 - 09:26 AM

That is great yet another downtown hater that won't live here but thinks he has the right to decide how it should grow.

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#49 gumgum

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 06:15 PM

What a ding dong.

#50 aastra

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 09:03 PM

News Flash: the whole of the city core ISN'T built in the style of the legislature and Empress buildings. The whole of the city core is built in the style of the city core, and if you don't like it then do us a favour and move.

Another News Flash: The legislature and Empress don't bear any resemblance to one another whatsoever.

Whenever a letter to the TC contains the word "carbuncle" you know it's from a diehard naysayer.

Does anyone really believe that a further plethora of skyscrapers and ugly matchboxes will bring people here? Take a look at the Songhees area.


I thought Victoria didn't have any tall buildings? But this guy says we've got skyscrapers and warns against a further plethora of them?

Here's a suggestion: go look at a picture of the way the Songhees used to look and then let us know if you think it would have any drawing power for tourists.

For the record, the Bay site isn't being expanded. It's being rejuvenated. Big difference.

People like this guy just hate the city of Victoria.

#51 Walter Moar

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 09:53 AM

For the record, the Bay site isn't being expanded. It's being rejuvenated. Big difference.

I agree with rejuvenated. However, increasing the height of the present building and adding three towers: that's a significant expansion (which I welcome!)

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 10:16 AM

I think the key wording is that the "Bay Site" is not being expanded in fact with the Carriageway it is actually being made smaller.

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#53 Galvanized

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 10:21 AM

^Good point.
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#54 Holden West

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 09:05 AM

This pic is interesting for a couple of reasons.



It's 1957 and the BC Electric building has just been completed but notice today's "courtyard" was glassed in then, and the huge trees there now hadn't even been planted yet. The modern extension wasn't due for a few decades so a plot of grass stands where the present entrance is.

Also, the synagogue has just had its original brick exterior "stucco-ized" and won't be restored until the 80s.

I'd like to know what the west side of Amelia Street looked like before the Richard Blanshard extension was built but the archives has nothing under "Amelia".
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#55 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 09:46 AM

The glassed-in portion, at least as shown in that picture isn't the courtyard, its the corner, where there is now some type of angled seismic bars now, but still the pony-wall under that glass.

It's more open than the courtyard.

I'm going to the OIBI right now, I'll snap a shot to show you...
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 10:09 AM




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Posted 20 May 2007 - 10:12 AM

Behind where there is a blue hatchback in my photo, on the 1957 photo, inside the courtyard a car is parked.
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#58 Holden West

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 11:56 AM

Interesting! It appears they just removed the glass from that display window. I never would have guessed.
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#59 Holden West

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 11:00 AM

Famed Erickson house due for demolition

CanWest News Service
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2007

WEST VANCOUVER -- Barring a last-minute change of heart, a member of one of Canada's richest families will soon demolish a Canadian masterpiece: a career-making house designed by renowned architect Arthur Erickson.

Shiraz Lalji, who bought the house in 1988 for $925,000, wants to build a new, bigger home on the site, a cliff face overlooking Horseshoe Bay north of Vancouver.

Lalji has applied for a demolition permit, which will probably be issued in the next few days.

Heritage advocates had hoped to get the house onto West Vancouver's heritage register at a council meeting Monday, but the proposal was defeated.

Built in 1963, the Graham house -- named for its first owner, David Graham -- was revolutionary for its ingenious use of a steep, rocky site many considered impossible to build on.

© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2007



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#60 aastra

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 06:34 PM

Maycock stunned his building historically important
Carolyn Heiman
Times Colonist

Published: Friday, July 11, 2008

http://www.canada.co...6c-959952990ea6

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