Already, admirers of 20th-century buildings are getting themselves worked up. Apparently this is a Priority 1 on London's Heritage Inventory. Who'd have thought? Turns out the structure was once used by Silverwoods Dairy and is a prime example of International Style architecture.
This raises a number of questions:
- Is the International Style really a style or just a replacement for style? Ever since it was created it's been criticized as stark, sterile and just plain boring.
- Aren't there enough examples of the International Style internationally?
- In a city that can't bring itself to save something really sweet like Locust Mount, is anyone at City Hall going to listen if we try to convince them they need to save this?
- If heritage conservationists try to save every single building, aren't our pleas for conservation taken less seriously?
- Who's going to renovate this for some other use? And why would Labatt's sell it to them?
Update, November 27: Planning Committee has OK'd demolition.