"In Praise of Older Buildings"
Monday, April 22, 2013
Gibbard, then and now
Recently on Facebook there was a report from Heritage Places Television about the Old School House in Napanee, until recently a storehouse for the much-mourned Gibbard Furniture Company, established 1835, which produced justifiably famous mahogany and cherry furniture.
This lofty structure is now in the hands of the Willy Dog Food Cart Manufacturing Company (ordinarily I would look askance). Heritage Places TV reports that the caring firm is working on stabilizing the c.1872 'Upper Canada architecture' with plans to restore the structure.
Perhaps the old East Ward Public School on Camden Road will rise again. Unlike Gibbard Furniture of Napanee. Sadly.
Watch this space.