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The Top Ten Endangered Places List is released annually to bring national attention to sites at risk due to neglect, lack of funding, inappropriate development and weak legislation. From unique 19th-century landmarks to simple vernacular housing, stone railway stations to Modernist airports, heritage districts to single buildings, the list has become a powerful tool in the fight to make landmarks, not landfill.
HCF uses three primary criteria to determine the 10 final sites for inclusion on the list:
_ Significance of the site
_ Urgency of the threat
_ Community support for its preservation
2013 Top Ten List
The Heritage Canada Foundation released its ninth annual Top Ten Most Endangered Places List on June 26, 2013.
The selection—presented here from the West to East Coast—was compiled from the results of HCF’s call for nominations as well as those stories and news items followed throughout the year.
1) Main Post Office —349 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC – VANCOUVER’S POSTAL TEMPLE DESTINED TO BE “LOST IN THE MAIL”
Sold by Canada Post with no heritage protection to an investment firm, Vancouver’s massive mid-century modern “Taj Mahal with escalators” faces demolition for new development.
2) Rossdale Power Plant —0155 – 96 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta – PLUG MAY BE PULLED ON DOWNTOWN EDMONTON’S HISTORIC INDUSTRIAL LANDMARK
The City of Edmonton is balking at the cost of rehabilitating the decommissioned industrial site and contemplating stripping it of its heritage status and demolishing.
3) Fort Qu’Appelle Sanitorium —Fort Qu’Appelle, SK – SASKATCHEWAN’S LAST TUBERCULOSIS SANATORIUM: A SOLUTION FOR ITS FUTURE NEEDED BADLY
Sold by the Province in 2007, the once beautiful “Fort San” complex is in need of a redevelopment plan »
(Source: Héritage Montréal)