ACO develops win/win compromise for Mountain View Hotel
The Collingwood Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario is raising concerns regarding the future of the Mountain View (Globe) Hotel.
Collingwood, Ontario, July 18, 2012
A preliminary review of the impact of destruction of the historic Globe Hotel building has been completed by the Collingwood chapter of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, and suggests there is a compromise that would bring significant economic benefits to the Town, at the same time save an important historical building.
“A more complete economic analysis of Town of Collingwood options ought to be undertaken before tearing down the waterfront building which housed the former Mountain View Hotel,” study results reveal.
Unquestionably this is one of Collingwood’s most important historical buildings. It is the first brick commercial building and the oldest brick building remaining on the main street. Its position at the terminus of Hurontario Street speaks to the long history of the overland trade route between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay. There has been discussion about the demolition of the building in order to widen the street, but there is a compromise available that would accommodate the heritage responsibility of our generation as well as the needs of the town. Research has indicated that the building was constructed in two sections, and the north section that faces Hurontario Street is believed to be the older part built in 1865 by town councillor John Rowland. As shown below, the bird’s-eye view map of 1875 clearly indicates two separate buildings.
While ideally the entire building should be preserved, a compromise option would see the preservation of this original 1865 portion of the building. This red brick building which would face Hurontario Street is the only commercial building with a strong mid-nineteenth century architectural style. The rest of the main street is built in the late nineteenth century style. While this proposal would only save 25% of the entire building, it would allow for the preservation of the oldest original section. The town would be able to construct the additional traffic lane while maintaining an important symbol of Collingwood’s rich heritage. The restored portion would be second only to the town hall in architectural impressiveness.
The red outline in this 1893 photograph indicates the original Globe Hotel
Rendering showing how the 1865 original portion could be restored
This building is adjacent to the heritage district and its restoration would undoubtedly increase the value of the main street. This is our last opportunity to preserve an authentic part of Collingwood’s history on our waterfront.
Restoring the original portion of the Globe Hotel would bring economic benefit to the town in the form of tourism dollars. The Tremont Hotel is an example of a building that was slated for the wrecking ball but was transformed into an award winning restoration. The restoration of a heritage building can provide economic stimulus for the neighborhood in which it is located.
If the town has the opportunity to purchase this property in order to create the extra lane for traffic, we the ACO of Collingwood, are requesting that the Town of Collingwood investigate the potential value of pursuing this win/win compromise.
For more information please contact Steve Redman, firstname.lastname@example.org
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