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Deco "Discovery Centre" could be demolished

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by Dinerman, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    Built in 1939 and originally a Zellers, the current Discovery Centre is facing the potential of demolition. Plans include building a 16 story appt. building on the site.

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    Zellers Building
    1593/95 Barrington Street, Halifax
    Built:Opened 1939
    Style:Art Deco
    Architect:Gratton D. Thompson
    Owner:1595 Visitors Centre Ltd.

    The former Zellers building is the best example of the Art Deco style in HRM.
    Three storeys high and constructed of sandstone, the building occupies the western end of the block
    bounded by Barrington, Sackville and Granville Streets. Its Barrington Street facade is divided into
    a 2-5-2 window arrangement, which is subtlyaccented on the upper storeys bystylized pilasters and
    a slightly projecting roofline parapet. A decorative band of parallel lines and floral motifs divides
    the ground floor from the upper floors, and there are similar geometric motifs above the second
    storey windows and in a continuous band at the roof line.
     
  2. It looks like a neat building. Wherre is it located?
     
  3. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    Downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.
     
  4. Thanx, but why did they decide it needed to be demolished?
     
  5. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    There's big money to be had in downtown development. The facade may be saved, which is better than complete demolition. They've done this elsewhere in town, but I can't say I'm impressed.

     
  6. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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  7. I sure hope they deciede to save at least the facade.
     
  8. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    I've seen good and bad, more the latter. But why no heritage designation?
     
  9. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    I don't know if it has anything to do with it- but it's one of the newer buildings in the downtown area. Most of downtown dates from the 1880s-1915 period, and most of those do have heritage designations.

    The heritage designation doesn't seem to protect much, however, just the facade. Here's one a couple blocks down and two over. Heritage properties which have been gutted- a high rise will fill their shell.

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  10. Unfortunately, we get stuck in between modernization and history. the problem is that we want both at the same time. I hate when they destroy some of that old Art Deco architecture. Being originally from NYC, those old buildings are what gives the city its signature look. Can you imagine if somebody tried to knock down the Chrysler Building or the Empire State Building? That not only would be a tragedy but an out and out crime.
     
  11. Heritage Schmeritage

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    This is a heritage building where they have destroyed the side wall of an 1820s building?.
     
  12. Ughhh....

    Horrid. It seems to me that if the 'price is right' it is, as the last poster said 'Heritage Schmeritage'

    Sickening.

    On a personal note, what was Zenners? I look after the grave here in England of a RCAF pilot from Truro and he attended college in Halifax. It was nice to see a building that he may have seen...
     
  13. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    Zellers is a department store. They've been around since 1931.
     
  14. Thanks Dinerman.
    K
     
  15. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    Here's the inside of the Zellers after 1945 VE day riots and looting.

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