JUNE 4, 2013
Re: “Save art-deco building on St. Andrew’s site,” letter, May 31
Before it was known as St Andrew’s Elementary, the current art-deco building on the St. Andrew’s site was known as St. Louis College, run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland. I was a student there in the ’60s.
As a St. Louis College alumnus and a Jesuit-trained Catholic historian with a concern to see our Catholic architectural heritage preserved whenever possible, I fully concur with heritage expert John W. Veillette’s timely call to save this unique heritage school building.
Veillette notes that “it is given high marks in the survey of art-deco and moderne architecture in Victoria.”
That scholarly work was produced by another Victoria heritage expert, Donald Luxton, who wrote Capital Regional District Art Deco and Moderne, published in Victoria by the Hallmark Society in 1984.
It is my hope that the present owners pay attention to voices like those of these well-respected heritage experts, and that the Hallmark Society, St. Louis College alumni and St. Andrew’s Elementary alumni join them and other concerned citizens in encouraging the developers to save this nationally significant art deco- moderne school building to repurpose it for all Victorians.
UNEDITED ORIGINAL LETTER:
Last sentence mentioning bonus density trade of six storeys to pay for renovation of the school
was omitted by Times Colonist Editor
Gregory Hartnell, Catholic Historian
1357 Rockland Avenue
Tel. 250 382 97 67