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Developers learning heritage buildings can be money-makers – July 25, 2017 Toronto Star

The photo is from the Toronto Star link at the page you are now reading. Cation reads: The restored Great Hall includes design details and materials rarely seen these days, such as Crown mouldings, oak floors and hand-painted walls. (DOMINIQUE VAN OLM)

The photo is from the Toronto Star link at the page you are now reading. Caption reads: The restored Great Hall includes design details and materials rarely seen these days, such as Crown mouldings, oak floors and hand-painted walls. (DOMINIQUE VAN OLM)

A July 25, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Developers learning heritage buildings can be money-makers: Hume: The Great Hall at Queen and Dovercourt was a mess until someone recognized its architectural, cultural, social and economic value.”

I learned of the article from a tweet by Ken Greenberg @KGreenbergTO

Previous posts, at the Preserved Stories website, featuring Ken Greenberg include:

Transcript featuring Ken Greenberg from recent hearing about Bill 20, regarding OMB

Ken Greenberg speaks of lessons from pioneering global cities

Ken Greenberg (2011) talks about early urban planning in Chicago

Small Arms Building in Mississauga

The story brings to mind the repurposing of the Small Arms Building in Mississauga.

The latter project underlines what a great achievement it is, when historic buildings are repurposed for new uses. A tremendous amount of human capital, social capital, and investment is requited to achieve success in such a project. When such a project achieves success, our entire society benefits. What an inspiring achievement that is!

 

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