Dropped wrecking ball
I was naïve to think Nova Scotia’s natural and heritage assets would be safer in the hands of government than business. Provincial approval of clearcutting on the former Bowater lands (Sept. 11 story) and the recent announcement that the province plans to demolish the Dennis building (Sept. 20 story) suggest that the government isn’t any more interested in preserving our public assets than the private sector is.
Andrea Arbic, Halifax
As the NDP Critic for Communities, Culture & Heritage I have great concern when governments are of the mind that “progress” automatically precludes protecting, rehabilitating, and celebrating the historic buildings which make our province unique – the type that tourists love to see when they come to visit. Tourists don’t come to NS to see skyscrapers that’s for sure. If they want that kind of experience they’d go to Toronto or New York! People come to Nova Scotia because of it‘s natural beauty, it’s culture and it’s unique heritage. Don’t let them ruin it.
Once a heritage building is gone it’s gone forever – and often the replacement is not as interesting and in fact more about increasing a profit for private owners than it is about adding beauty or grace to the urban landscape.
Unfortunately there are many such examples in Nova Scotia already. Here in Truro for instance, people today still bewail the fact that our historic train station was demolished for a strip mall.
The Dennis Building was built in the 1860s, but was completely remodelled after a fire gutted the premises in 1912. (CBC)
Halifax’s landmark Dennis Building in downtown Halifax could soon be gone.
Labi Kousoulis, the cabinet minister responsible for government buildings, said he’ll be recommending to cabinet that the Dennis Building be demolished. …MORE
Heritage Canada National Trust web site has a page on the endangered Dennis Building.