SAVE SAINT ANDREW’S SCHOOL: National Art Deco Moderne ‘historic building deserves restoration and re-purposing. Heritage is a big part of Victoria’s national attraction,’ writes John Veillette in letter to TC Editor, MAY 31, 2013 + ST. LOUIS COLLEGE, 1931 BC Archive photo, comments by Robert Randall, 2010

Published June 1, 2013 by goyodelarosa

SAINT ANDREW’S ELEMENTARY – PRESCHOOL, VICTORIA

Save art-deco building on St. Andrew’s site, writes noted heritage expert

 TIMES COLONIST 

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

Victoria

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ROBERT RANDALL @ VIBRANT VICTORIA, 2010:

Here is the building shortly after construction in 1931:

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.

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Robert Randall’s blog

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