Normal College not considered endangered by heritage foundation

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - The old Normal College in downtown Truro did not make the cut in this year's list of the country's most endangered places.
The Heritage Canada Foundation annually compiles the Top 10 list to bring attention to sites at risk to neglect, lack of
funding, inappropriate development and weak legislation.
The foundation uses the significance of the site, urgency of the threat and community support for its preservation in coming up with its list.
"We followed all the criteria, I don't know what else we have to do to get some funding," Mayor Bill Mills said.
He remains hopeful that following a market study, which will soon start, to see if a school for the performing arts is feasible in the Normal College, some funding may be available.
Those making this year's list were: Pantages Theatre in Vancouver, Crowsnest Pass mining complexes and Coleman's historic downtown in Alberta, St. Mary's Community School in Saskatoon, Dominion Exhibition Display Building in Brandon, Bellevue House in Amherstburg, Ont., David Dunlap Observatory and Park in Richmond Hill, Ont., all heritage conservation districts in Ontario, Franciscan Sisters Missionaries of Mary Monastery and Chapel in Quebec City, Grenville Canala in Quebec and Moncton High School in New Brunswick.

Organizations: Normal College, The Heritage Canada Foundation, Pantages Theatre Community School Bellevue House Quebec and Moncton High School

Geographic location: Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatoon Brandon Amherstburg Richmond Hill Ontario Quebec City New Brunswick

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Recent comments

  • Jon
    January 18, 2010 - 10:06

    I appreciate preservation, but this building is in horrible shape. It really, REALLY needs to come down - along with several other buildings in close proximity. Even in reconditioned form they would still be an eyesore for our town. We need to move forward and begin focusing on an inviting town - not a town people now leave or stay away from.

    Boy, would I love to drive downtown and see architecture that says We're progressing! Our downtown core has so much potential being lost in the interest of heritage . Heritage is not as appealing anymore as it used to be, and does us a disservice when it comes to attracting the new community members we so sorely need.

  • Gilliad
    January 18, 2010 - 09:43

    Jon, I agree with you. I'm not really sure which building is the Normal College or where it is because, frankly, there are so many rundown buildings - including residences! - that it's hard to keep track.

    Although I think the purchase price for the new condos is absolutely ridiculous - this is Truro, not Toronto - I must admit the sketch of the building looks as though they've given some thought to blending the new with the old vis a vis appearance.

    And instead of worrying about the Normal College, Mr. Mayor, whatever happened to your dream of a railway museum! Now THERE'S a worthy project!

  • Frog mouth
    January 18, 2010 - 09:43

    This building is falling apart and not only an eye sore but a danger. There is not a magic pot of money that will apear to restore this buildng so it is time to move on. Knock her down and start to attract new development.