Ancestral Roofs

"In Praise of Older Buildings"

Friday, November 4, 2011

the case for Heritage Conservation Districts

It's not in my nature to criticize, but I'm just sayin'...

I've been watching this house.
The last owner maintained a medical office in his/her home - lots of attractive improvements were made to porch, paint, and planting.
Then it was for sale - checked all my pockets but no luck....
Soon it became apparent that there was a new owner.

The first sign of change was the disappearance of a single-storey wing to the east side.
Good work, I thought. It was never in keeping with the house. Then I noticed that the east brick wall, exposed by the demolition of the addition, had been covered - cedar shakes in the gable end! beige vinyl siding! Ugly quick fixes covering the interesting blind window openings and former doorways telling the building's story. The house is not designated; it is unprotected from unlovely changes.

Then I learned that the owner was attempting to sell the lot created by this extra space, for infill housing. The request for severance was initially refused, but subsequently approved by Ontario Municipal Board. There was insufficient protection for the heritage home (not listed or designated) or the character of the neighbourhood (not a Heritage Conservation District).
So now the property is for sale, and construction fencing has appeared.

The lovely big trees are looking apprehensive.

Let's hope whoever buys this choice lot has good taste...
Watch this space.

1 comment:

  1. Argh! Is this the big place on a corner on Bridge Street? Where's my money pot?