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727 Johnson Street
Uses: rental, commercial
Address: 727 Johnson Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 5
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[Downtown Victoria] 727 Johnson Street | 5-storeys | Rentals; commercial | Proposed

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#61 Jackerbie

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:24 PM

Would it have not been brick, the original?


I imagine they'll do the facade with brick veneers

#62 shoeflack

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:25 PM

Would it have not been brick, the original?


The various heritage documents suggest that it was a concrete facade, not brick.


"Built to be overtly functional, the Garesche Stables & Offices is significant as one of the earliest local examples of use of reinforced concrete as a facade material."

#63 Mike K.

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:26 PM

Ah, very interesting. It’s not particularly clear what the original materials were from the old time photos.

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#64 shoeflack

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:31 PM

Better explanation from the development application:


"The original street facade was concrete with wood frame windows, storefronts and doors, which will be recreated to match the details based on archival photographs and original architectural drawings."..."The two-storey addition is stepped back from the front and rear elevations. The finishes for the addition are prefinished metal cladding, aluminum windows, and painted concrete block on the side elevation."


No brick veneers on this one it would seem.

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#65 Nparker

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:32 PM

Although the 1960s facade is not original, it is still part of this building's history. Is it not worthy of some sort of preservation too? Does it only get to exist in photos from now on?


Edit: For the record I think the 1960s renovation is hideous, but it represents an era in the city's architectural history when "modern" was considered superior to historical. By recreating the original facade aren't we again trying to erase part of history that we deem unfashionable today?

Edited by Nparker, 16 July 2019 - 03:36 PM.


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