Tuesday, May 8, 2012

It's Looking Up!


When we head to the park to walk Sophie we usually take Hollis Street in Halifax.


This street has a lot of history and therefore some very old buildings.


It's finding a good balance between the 'old' and the 'new' that has caused controversy over the years when high rises are proposed.


As can be seen in the first photo a compromise was reached to somewhat please the historical society and the developers.


The facade of the very old building was saved and secured structurally while the building will rise above it and become 'part' of the new structure.









14 comments:

  1. I've seen this a lot in D.C. and I think it's a great idea. Sadly, we can't keep buildings forever but at least we can keep the look. I'm all for it.
    m.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It appears to be a good solution Mark.

      Delete
  2. I love this solution ... to merge the new with the old. Can't wait to see the finished product. I hope you've got before pictures!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am sure I can find some old photos in some archive. This is going to be a lovely site when finished. It was vacant for so long.

      Delete
  3. Seems like a good solution.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mostly it is Pat. What some developers forget is that Halifax is a small city and not a Toronto or Montreal. What works there does not necessarily work here.

      Delete
  4. Merging old with new, always problematic, addressed well here. Lovely photos.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes it is. There are some developers that get their permits quietly (somehow) and tear down lovely buildings indiscriminately. And some are more considerate of the past.

      Delete
  5. Replies
    1. They aren't THAT high, John! It's the camera angle! You are such a movie buff!

      Delete
  6. I do wish more cities would respect the older buildings and use whatever means necessary to keep some of the history. Great photos and interesting post, Jim. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Nancy. I thought most cities at least consider their history.

      Delete
  7. I too love this idea!
    I'm always looking for ways to honor the past. Yet also looking to move forward and keep things fresh for generations to come.
    I recently found that the office building I worked in in St.Louis has been turned into luxury condos. Still looks the same on the outside. But completely different inside. I couldn't recognize a thing but the facade and address.

    ReplyDelete

Hey, I really like your comments and appreciate the time you took to do so.

Related Posts with Thumbnails