MAY 31, 2013
Re: “Redevelopment runs into traffic dilemma,” May 18.
In the discussion about the redevelopment of the St. Andrew’s School site, there seems to have been little publicity given to the importance of the landmark art deco building.
It is given high marks in the survey of art-deco and moderne architecture in Victoria, and the jog in Vancouver Street gives it high visibility. Further, it is Victoria’s only example of an art-deco school. For retention in the redevelopment, it could not be better placed on the site — a unique opportunity for branding a new complex.
This historic building deserves restoration and re-purposing. Heritage is a big part of Victoria’s national attraction.
Let us build on our success in this regard, not ignore it and waste the heritage potential. There is no second chance.
John W. Veillette
ROBERT RANDALL @ VIBRANT VICTORIA, 2010:
Because the school will need massive seismic upgrading to be considered safe, its future is limited. It is on the heritage list but I’m not sure it’s an actual heritage building or merely heritage designated.
Robert Randall’s blog