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#41 G-Man

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 12:06 PM

It is the technicality of the work I find so boring. I appreciate the effort but it compares closer to a Swiss watch than to art.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:39 AM

The Maritime Museum is closing on October 21. They are going to get ready to move to the Steamship Terminal.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:54 AM

What's going to happen to that building I wonder.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 12:13 PM

It would make a good casino.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 01:02 PM

It would make a good casino.

 

Exactly.  


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 02:12 PM

What's going to happen to that building I wonder.

 

I would make a fantastic Children's Museum.


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 02:28 PM

I would make a fantastic Children's Museum.

And I can't think of any better place for children than in a museum - except for perhaps a zoo.  :thumbsup:



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Posted 15 October 2014 - 02:50 PM

Going to need a serious structural upgrades before anything can go in there, no? Who owns the building?



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Posted 15 October 2014 - 06:38 PM

I gather from a friend that it's owned by the province.



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Posted 15 October 2014 - 08:54 PM

What if the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria were to move in?

 

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and the space behind the building was used for an addition and to connect with the Yates Street Parkade?

 

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...with room at this side for a new entrance and some elevators.

 

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 07:27 AM

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Victoria Coun. Pam Madoff, a proponent for heritage conservation, said the area will feel the loss of the thousands of visitors who used to come to the museum.

“If I was a business owner or a property owner down there, I would be concerned,” Madoff said Friday. “That’s 20,000 people no longer going by my door.”

 

 

 

er... that's 55 people per day.  I'm sure Irish Times or Darcy's is not sweating.  I'm going to guess Garrick's Head serves at least 550 people per day.


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 08:13 AM

^ good lord... I'm sure they are rejoicing at the prospect of something else going into that spot so it's not so dead...

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 08:36 AM

What if the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria were to move in?

 

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and the space behind the building was used for an addition and to connect with the Yates Street Parkade?

 

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...with room at this side for a new entrance and some elevators.

 

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I can't speak for the AGGV but I can take a guess what they would think about moving to the old courthouse.

 

It might be a good fit if they spun off the Emily Carr collection (old timers will remember when it was shown on Wharf St.) But contemporary arts curators generally don't like being limited to an old heritage building as it doesn't adequately advertise the modern art that's inside. Old buildings are a hassle to retrofit as museums and galleries have very specific storage, transport and HVAC needs. Heritage designation means there are strict limits on exterior signage and paint and ground floor alterations, meaning marketing the identity is difficult.

 

A modern art gallery should be transparent--you should be able to walk by and see inside and get a sense of the contents. The new RBCM will be like that and the current one has the glass totem gallery on display. This building was built as a courthouse and it looks it--it does not look welcoming and contemporary.

 

I'm not saying it couldn't be done--it's just not a preferred choice.

 

There is still an intact court room inside. It is used for special events like mock trials and movie filming. I think that should be preserved. 


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 09:08 AM

Isn't that courtroom also still used as a court? Tax court?


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 02:40 PM

Albany Institute of History & Art

The institute's three-building complex includes the late 19th-century Rice Building, the only freestanding Beaux-Arts mansion in the city, designed by Richard Morris Hunt and donated to the institute by one of its former benefactors.

Its main building is a 1920s Classical Revival structure designed by local architect Marcus T. Reynolds. A more modern glass structure connects the two.

The original two buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. At the beginning of the 21st century, the institute completed an extensive renovation in which the entrance building was constructed and new climate-controlled storage space for the collections was built.

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 08:49 PM

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That building looks a whole like two Vancouver Island (ex) Post offices.

 

One in Ladysmith and the other in Cumberland

 

 


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Posted 30 October 2014 - 02:11 PM

Not sure if some of the queries around the move have been answered here. I thought the Maritime Museum was looking to move due to space constraints for their huge collection, but now they are moving into a presumably smaller location? Perhaps I'm missing something here. I will say that I think the new location is great and more fitting with the theme. Hope it works out well.



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 02:26 PM

I think the new location will be better due to the fact it is on the lower basement level and consists of one large room unlike the current location which is many different rooms where walls get in the way and where the lighting sucks



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Posted 26 December 2014 - 09:45 AM

Two months without operating revenue is forcing the Maritime Museum of B.C. to make staff changes as it waits for a deal that will give it a home.

 

The museum has been granted transitional funding by the province to maintain operations and core staff, but it will not be enough to avoid changes in January, said Chris Evans, vice-chairman of the museum board.

 

“Operating funds have dried up due to the doors being closed Oct. 21,” Evans said.

 

Six core staff are working for the museum, he said.

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The museum closed its 28 Bastion Sq. location to the public amid negotiations with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to relocate to the CPR Steamship Terminal building on the Inner Harbour. Museum officials signed a deal that gave them an exclusive right to negotiate a long-term lease for space on the bottom floor.

 

Plans call for the museum to move into a space of about 6,500 square feet, considerably smaller than the 18,000 square feet it occupied in Bastion Square.

 

The province’s Shared Service agency is negotiating on behalf of the museum. While the province, the harbour authority and the museum all say negotiations are continuing, there is no deal yet.

 

An agency spokesman would only say that “as the lease negotiations are ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment on the state and terms of those negotiations. We are hopeful we will settle arrangements that would see the Maritime Museum move their collection to the CPR Steamship building.”

 

It is expected that a move to the new location, close to the Royal B.C. Museum, Empress Hotel and B.C. legislature, would lead to a significant increase in attendance.

 

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I'm really not sure that they should expect all that much.


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Posted 26 December 2014 - 10:13 AM

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I'm really not sure that they should expect all that much.

 

I think that if the board really expected that much then they would already have the lease signed.



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