Lost Buildings of Canada Print

This is a 37-point chart showing Canadian buildings of architectural, cultural, or social importance, all of which were bulldozed or burned out of existence between 1877 and 2017. It was impossible to include every building, but here's what it does include: names, facades, years standing, and dozens of hours of research and illustration. 

Cities represented on the print: Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Guelph, Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, Kingston, Kitchener, Lethbridge, London, Moncton, Montreal, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peterborough, Ville de Quebec, Regina, Saint John, Sarnia, Saskatoon, Sherbrooke, St. John's, Sudbury, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Windsor, and Winnipeg. 

Screenprinted in Montreal on archival white 80 lb Cougar smooth cover paper. Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Signed and editioned on reverse. This print is archival.

Designer: Raymond Biesinger
Dimensions: 24
x36" 

Included in the image
1. Eaton's Department Store (1904-2002, Winnipeg, was the focal point of downtown Winnipeg for a century, made way for the MTS Centre)
2. the Cluxton Building (1881-1973, Peterborough, a John Belcher Second Empire styled gem)
3. the Nickel Range Hotel (1914-1976, Sudbury, an Elm Street hotel that hosted King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939)
4. the Citizen Building (1903-1970s, Ottawa, an Edwardian gem made specifically for the Ottawa Citizen by architect Edgar Horwood)
5. Chateau Frontenac (1906-1964, Sherbrooke, QC, not to be confused with the other Chateau Frontenac in Ville de Quebec)
6. the Cecil Hotel (1912-2015, Calgary, one of Calgary's last pre-WWI hotels, often described as "seedy")
7. the Moncton Sugar Refinery Co. (1879-1896, Moncton, burned down, ending Moncton's reign as sugar monarch of the east)
8. Green Valley Restaurant (1947-2002, Ottawa, currently a parking lot on the corner of Prince of Wales and Baseline, burned down on New Year's Eve)
9. Pantages Theatre (1907-2011, Vancouver, formerly of the Downtown Eastside, was considered the oldest remaining vaudeville theatre in Canada before being turned into a vacant lot)
10. Varscona Theatre (1940-1987, Edmonton, completely demolished in 1987 and replaced with a bank vaguely echoing its style, which a few decades later was replaced by a two-storey Shoppers Drug Mart)
11. Little Mountain (1954-2009, Vancouver, was described as “British Columbia’s first and most successful social housing project”)
12. the Salvation Army (1940-2015, St. John's, formerly of Springdale Street)
13. the Sugarman Building (1964-1999, Kingston, a short-lived two-storey modernist cube of glass and steel)
14. le Forum de Montréal (1924-1998, Montreal, the nation's premier hockey shrine before it was converted into a cinema)
15. the Malcolm & Souter Furniture Co. (1880s-1969, Hamilton, the city's largest furniture manufacturer, was located on the northeast corner of Barton Street East and Mary Street)
16. Second City Hall (1886-1962, Winnipeg, has been described as a “Victorian fantasy,” one of the most ornate and beautiful demolished buildings in Canada)
17. the Canadian Bank of Commerce (1883-1968, Guelph, was immediately left of the entrance to today's Old Quebec Street mall)
18. Mayfair Bowling Alley (1930s-1957, Oshawa)
19. Travellers Building (1929-2017, Regina, burned down)
20. the Bridge Tavern (1904-2017, Windsor, also known as the Bridge Avenue Hotel and the Whales Bridge House at 1652 London St. W.)
21. Sarnia Water Works (1913-1970s, Sarnia) 
22. the Temple Building (1895-1970, Toronto, was one of Toronto's first skyscrapers and was the city's tallest building for a decade; demolished to make way for Queens-Bay Centre)
23. Barra Castle (1930-2010, Kitchener, a neo-Gothic eccentricity made by Russian emigre Molly Marquette) 
24. Hub Cigar (1894-2005, Edmonton, housed Western Canada's oldest newsstand)
25. Walnut Hall (1856-2007, Toronto, a row of four Georgian-style terraced homes recognized both nationally and locally as historic, demolished after years of neglect)
26. the Old Post Office (1937-1973, Kelowna, an art deco beauty)
27. the Crystal Palace (1891-1907, Victoria)
28. Sam the Record Man (1961-2010, Toronto, moved into the building in 1961, its signage the high note of a turn-of-the-century storefront)
29. Hippodrome de Québec (1917-2012, Quebec, destroyed for Le Centre Vidéotron, this illustration focuses on the Hippodrome's centre section)
30. the Unitarian Church of the Messiah (1907-1987, Montreal, QC; a gorgeous and stout example of Maxwell Brothers architecture, felled by arson)
31. Chinese National Building (1910-2011, Lethbridge)
32. YMCA Building (1897-1981, London, burned down)
33. Saint John General Hospital (1931-1995, Saint John, demolished in a highly visible and televised blast after 10 years of dormancy)
34. the Halifax Infants Home (1899-2014, Halifax)
35. the Hull Opera House (1893-1963, Calgary, functioned as a 1000-seat opera house until 1906, when it was converted into retail and residential units)
36. Farnam Block (1912-2015, Saskatoon, a Broadway landmark)
37. Exhibition Palace (1864-1877, Fredericton, perhaps the most splendid of the exhibition buildings made in the 1860s)



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