I have been saving this image all week, I thought it would be a great way to wrap up a Friday for everyone!
As discussed in our previous blog posting “‘Northern Junk Co.’ – The Toad Encounters a Mystery“, the city of Victoria takes great pride in our heritage buildings. We have many bylaws in place to ensure that the history and heritage of the city are not suddenly ruined because some developer somewhere wants to put up a 23 story high-tech condo unit. This approach to saving our past is a double-edged sword.
A lot of the owners of these buildings in Victoria only own them for one reason; the value of the land. They care not at all about the buildings on them, as a matter of fact, some of the buildings are small and this is one of the reasons that the owners do not restore them… not enough square footage to get the rent they want in terms of dollars.
So in some cases, the building languish in dire need of repair and maintenance. The city will not allow them to be torn down, the owner won’t spend money on restoration… it’s a bit of a stand-off, really.
This building we showcase today is a prime example of this quandary. I believe a fire was responsible for absolutely gutting the building. Obviously the cost of rebuilding and restoring it are so high the owner won’t get the rent they desire, so they leave it standing as is.
If you notice carefully in this image you will see large steel struts holding up the front of the building, and if you peer through the windows, you will see a similar engineering structure in place inside to help support the building facade. In our eyes, this building is absolutely beautiful and should be brought back to life.
Closer scrutiny will also reveal some interesting graffiti on the front, including some sort of Pac-Man motif. Some artist somewhere was very dedicated to this cause, there’s no way you’d find me scaling the side of a building like this just to tag it!
Anyways, we really hope you enjoyed today’s image as much as we did bringing it to you!! Please feel free to leave some comments, we truly love to hear from all our visitors! Happy Friday, everyone, have a hoppin’ good weekend!!