Guelph's Petrie Building Saved.

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  1. gabe

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    Petrie Building sale will ‘reinvigorate an iconic Guelph landmark’ http://www.guelphmercury.com/news-s...uilding-sold-to-guelph-s-tyrcathlen-partners/


    Endangered by neglect and in a state of deterioration, the A.B. Petrie Building has found a saviour.

    Tyrcathlen Partners, owned by heritage building restorers Kirk Roberts and Peregrine Wood, has announced an agreement to acquire the building at 19 Wyndham St. N.

    Designed by Guelph architect John Day and built in 1882 for Alexander Bain Petrie, a pharmacist and successful businessmen, the four-storey structure is unique in Canada for its eye-popping façade of stamped galvanized iron, and its mortar and pestle pediment. It is a designated Ontario Heritage Act building.

    As extraordinary as the façade is, it has fallen into deterioration in recent decades, due largely to the prohibitive cost of restoration.

    Roberts said Tyrcathlen Partners was interested in the building because of its one-of-a -kind façade and architectural design. The company previously purchased, restored and repurposed Guelph heritage buildings that became the Granary Building and Boarding House Arts, both in the city's core.

    "We also believe our hands-on, attention to detail approach is the right fit for the challenge of bringing a building back to life that has been dormant for almost a century," Roberts wrote in an email. He added that Tyrcathlen expects the restoration to commence this spring.


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    Restoration beginning this spring? Fantastic news for downtown Guelph. There's been a lot of great changes there; Carden Street and the city hall / Market Square are a great spot these days.
     
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    Great news! What amazing office spaces this would make!
     
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    Wow! Had no idea there was a thread here on this. I had Christmas Dinner with the senior mason on the project. I spent five years in Guelph, for better or worse, but one of the first things to catch my eye was the Petrie Building, pathetically boarded up (which ironically saved its life) and a greasy spoon on the ground floor who wouldn't sell the place, even though the three upper floors were empty and work orders were pending.

    From an inside word, the developer is everything he claims to be in terms of altruism and love of old buildings, and it was he and partner, and some 'others' who alerted the City on the attempt to demolish Cutten House:

    https://www.guelphmercury.com/news-...o-save-cutten-house-from-rumoured-demolition/

    Heritage designations can go too far in some cases, to the point of discouraging ownership of them, but in other cases, and I'm proud of Guelph on this one, the best can be saved.

    In the case of the Cutten House, it was an innocuous comment by a jobber with a truck to a trade craftsman that saved the house. Said craftsman called the partners behind the Petrie building (Tyrcathlen) and the City was immediately notified, even though it was a weekend. An injunction was obtained on very short notice, and the Cutten saved.

    That's one of the wonderful sides of a smaller city (big town really) like Guelph. It's not just the monetary value that counts, it's the *community value*.

    Guelph's like an old girlfriend I still dearly love.
     
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    What a beauty!
     
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    Guelph once had some stunning architecture downtown. I love this building- a real head turner, my immediate thought when I first saw it 20 yrs ago was I hope at least this one gets restored. It looks fantastic.
     
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