Seven tips for saving ugly buildings. Good way to highlight the things that make them ugly in the first place, and what we have so unsympathetically done to them.
No building is born ugly.
|Wellington - lose the sunporch, get some paint on this treasure|
You can read the article by Julia Rocchi, National Trust digital contect wrangler (recommended) or just browse her list I've summarized here.
1. Think about what defines beauty
2. Explain why it's important architecturally
3. Connect emotionally
|Tweed - bury a Moderne house in additions|
4. Share its history/connections
5. Go inside (not always an option, alas)
6. Consider what we would lose if we lost it
7. And if all else fails, be patient. Tastes may change.
|Trenton - waiting for it to die|
Pretty good way to encourage a love and awareness of built heritage. Whether it's endangered or not.
|Trenton- uneasy marriage|
Browse this gallery of ugly buildings. By and large, our fault. Changing taste. Unsympathetic modernization or repair. Plastic commercial facades. Not sure if it's necessary to apologize, but it's a small gallery, as I seldom find any building ugly. Challenging maybe, not ugly.
|Toronto Parkdale - waiting for something...|
|Belleville - for this they demolished a fine Victorian P.O.|
|Nipigon - at least the neon still works|
|Toronto - gorgeous Deco Moderne facade disfugured|
|Toronto - shop front definitely does not work|
|Belleville - unused potential|
|Belleville - cast iron needs help|
|Toronto...taste check. Fail.|