Today we wrap up our series of the active demolition in progress.  As you read this blog, this entire lot is vacant and will remain so until the new development begins.

Demolition - Victoria BC Canada

Demolition - Victoria BC Canada

The dust flies in the air, the excavator is in mid bite…. the roof and framing are now really just a loose bunch of match sticks waiting to be plucked and dropped into the refuse bin.  In some ways when I look at this image from the perspective of personification, I see a structure in the middle of a very nasty lobotomy.   Without anesthetics.

Demolition - Victoria BC Canada

Demolition - Victoria BC Canada

From this side around back, we can clearly see that half the house is completely gone, and the remaining half doesn’t have long to go, either.  It’s starting to resemble more a landfill than a house now.  If you look closely at this picture, you can see The Toad’s Chariot in the background there.

There Goes The Neighborhood - Victoria BC Canada

There Goes The Neighborhood - Victoria BC Canada

And for our final image of the series, we present you something full of drama and dichotomy…  here we see the sign for the new proposed condo unit sitting in front of a yard full of…  a mess…  of Biblical proportions.  Everyone who previewed the series before we posted it here this week for you commented on this image as being utterly ironic.  “There Goes The Neighborhood” describes this on several different levels.

We really hope you enjoyed this weeks series on the demolition.  Next week we start anew with a fantastic new series of photos captured at Hatley Park Castle last weekend.  Thanks so much for your visit, please feel free to leave a comment as we love to hear from our visitors!!




  1. avatar Chris Wray says:

    I’ve enjoyed this series, Toad! You’re a stalwart photo-historian and accomplished photog & blogger! The last photo in the series says it all, “out with the old…in with the new.” Architecture has a life cycle–birth and death–like all living things do. It’s interesting how an inanimate object takes on a personality and life of its own. Sometimes not appreciated until it’s torn down.

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  3. Ditto what Chris said. Wonderful series!

  4. You guys are absolutely wonderful, thanks so much for your kind kind words and support here! This really means the world to me coming from artists of your caliber, that’s for sure. Thank you very very much. I am absolutely humbled.

  5. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Good series Toad, and the condos look pretty lame!

  6. avatar johnsotiriou says:

    That “proposed building” is UGLY! Great series, Toad. Thanks for sharing.

  7. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    Great finale to this series! Great sky and great processing. You do a fantastic job complimenting your images with your text!

  8. The only redeeming character trait for Rutledge Park Manor will be your images hanging in their on-site gallery. Make the call, Toad. Wonderful series.

  9. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Excellent series ,really looking forward to your next.You are setting the bar high Toad!

  10. Today’s post was like the fireworks at the end of a baseball game!! Great job Toad…love the way you processed these!!

  11. Thank you so much everyone, we really appreciate the kind words & support you’ve given us all. It really means a lot to us. You’ve really inspired us to continue bringing you these series… stay tuned…. 🙂

  12. Great series of posts! So sad to see something like this go away forever. But the memories of those who lived there can never be taken away. Your story and pictures for this whole series are very well presented. You keep me coming back to read it every day!

    • Gosh Michael, I am honored and humbled to read your comments today, that really means a lot to me! I am VERY happy to see that our series resonated with you and that you enjoyed it in the true manner it was intended to be delivered. Thanks kindly for your daily visit and comments, it’s because of you that we strive every day to get out there and document and share what we can. We are seriously humbled. Thank you very very much!!

  13. avatar wendy says:

    Look forward to seeing more of your pictures