Friday, July 13, 2012

To save or not to save, that is the question.....!


Well there's no question really, it has been saved. There's nothing I like more than to hear about old buildings being preserved rather than knocked down in the name of progress but I have serious doubts as to whether this one was worth the time, money or effort that it has cost the developers, read the story here, to support and design around it. This 120 year old 'gold rush era' cottage in Northbridge which has lain empty and probably used as a doss house for years has been been put on the New Northbridge Heritage Inventory with the reasoning that 'the building reflects the expansion and development of residential properties on the city fringes during the rapid population increase of the 1890s gold boom, and is a surviving example of the boarding houses that were once prevalent in the City of Perth'. This I could appreciate if it was going to be restored to it's original form, but I believe the cottage is going to be a restaurant! Still, it was a pretty amazing sight to see it up on pillars high above the development site, what do you think, was it worth the effort? Happy Friday, stay safe.....



21 comments:

  1. Wow! Very interesting shots Grace.

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  2. Ich denke es lohnt immer alte Gebäude zu erhalten, sie haben so eine unendliche Geschichte. Wenn etwas abgerissen wird fängt alles wieder bei null an. Fortschritt soll schon sein, aber es muss dafür nicht immer alles weichen...

    Lieben Gruß
    CL

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  3. I think that's taking preservation a little to the extreme. Seems that they found it worth preserving only when they found someone with money.

    ( And thanks for the congrats! :) )

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  4. Methinks it's worth the effort so long as I don't have to pay for it. And perhaps the restaurant will be a big success.

    Re your comment on The Villages: We live about 35 miles north of The Villages but go down there often. This Old Mill Playhouse is a movie theater that shows all the new movies for the old folks! It's very nice.

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  5. I dunno, I always think we need our history, our roots to better look towards the future... Perhaps I'm wrong!

    To answer your question: it's SUMMER for Pete's sake. July should be warm, between 25 and 30°! The South of France is sweating and the North is shivering. 14° and pouring rain is more like November weather...

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  6. I think the preservation committee has amok. Not everything can or should be preserved. I liked Mr. Xing's comment: "It was a headache for me but not impossible. I am an engineer, nothing is impossible."

    It's like the old saying, "The difficult we do right away, the impossible takes a little time."

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  7. I agree Grace .. the preservation of our architectural history is paramount but at what price when it's going to be used as a restaurant!! It will be interesting to see the finished product.

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  8. Often when single buildings are saved and become part of a modern development, they can look quite silly as they have lost their context. There are many examples here.

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  9. These are very cool perspectives! I'm in favor of saving our history, but this one is tricky since it's going to be a restaurant! Doesn't seem a good reflection of its history (oh, to be a fly on the wall when the committee made *that* decision...)

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  10. Depends on how they blend it in to the new development. Some of them are done really well.

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  11. You know? This is going on everywhere! I just was listening to a story about this on our public radio here. I'm all for it. I know that sometimes the buildings aren't always used as they once were...but they are so full of character. I'm glad people around the world are recognizing the need to preserve history more.

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  12. Mmm ..... food for thought! Me thinks this is going a bit too far.

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  13. I agree with you. I think old building should be preserved.

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  14. Looks awfully precarious. Reminds me of those California hillside houses that tend to fall into the canyons below.

    I've never heard the term doss house but I can guess.

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  15. Hmmmm....the jury's still out on this one. I like the trip along the gable but I'm not sure it's worth the effort just for that.

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  16. Tricky- certainly I have heard of perhaps more deserving restorations that were not actually restored? Great topic Grace!

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  17. we're wrangling over a similar issue here. our town is trying to turn an area along the river into a park. they've torn down the row of leaning sheds that occupied the space but one of those "sheds" has been designated as an historic structure and is being preserved. at least your building has some interesting exterior features. ours looks like someone's poorly constructed garage.

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  18. I think works of restorations can be save this place, the
    facade has a promise of beauty!
    Léia

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  19. I would love to see the finished product before I decide.

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  20. Let me dine at the restaurant first. I'll make my decision on a full stomach.

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  21. I couldn't agree more with you! Tearing down is revolting most of the times.

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