Europeans are very sensitive to style. In each city, there is a department responsible for reviewing development projects and making sure that new buildings match the style of the surrounding architecture. This seems to make sense. You don’t want the old city districts with old Cathedrals, castles, and other historically significant buildings to be mixed with modern glass and aluminum sky-scrapers. This would not be a good preservation of heritage. This would not be serious. This would be plain ugly.
We all know and used to appreciate the beautiful Victorian train station located in the heart of the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. Somebody has put a lot of thought and effort to make it look authentic and complete, with the natural surroundings, the railway and the train. The view of this extraordinary site was breath-taking. It was.
In January of 2012, an ugly portable classroom was placed next to the station in such a way that it blocked the most beautiful view of the whole complex.
Many of us were outraged and requested that the object be removed or relocated. In response, the HCA posted a website note explaining that the classroom was to be modified to match the style of the train station and that the work would be completed by the end of summer 2012, at the lastest in fall of that year. In late fall, a bunch of wooden rafter frames were dumped next to the portable.
This picture was taken in mid-January 2013. By now, the unfinished walls and the rafter frames must be rotting under the snow and rain. Apparently, the HCA ran out of manpower, money, and resources to have the job completed on time.
The good news is – not all HCA projects were halted. Here is one that was completed quickly and successfully, only weeks after Chris Firth-Eagland became the new CAO of the HCA, and only steps from the unlucky portable:
Where there’s a will there’s a way.