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Fenwick Tower, reprise

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An older post regarding the car-crash aesthetic charm of Halifax’s Fenwick Tower has seen a number of hits as of late – its visitors have spiked over the past two days, increasing nearly four-fold in number. It would appear that the internet world, and the community of impoverished post-docs at Dalhousie University‘s graduate student residence are itching to find out as much as they can about the recent news that the school has put the 30+ storey building up for sale.

The Halifax Daily News (poor cousin to the Chronicle Herald, butFenwick Tower Up For Sale still having a journalistic leg up on the “alternative weekly” The Coast) reported this weekend that Dal’s Board of Governors (so white, and so male – but that’s another story for another time) approved a motion to put the weathered structure up for sale in December 2007; the university will stop housing students there after the 2008-09 academic year.

Little more has been said on the issue since the Daily News’s article was published. Local Councilor Sue Uteck noted in the piece that anyone who buys the site could bring the building up to code. Or, they could demolish it, yet reserve the right to build another monstrosity on the land. Some thoughts come to mind on this – would the Nova Scotia Heritage Trust object to the demolition of this nearly 40-year old building? Fenwick has lived a long time in Halifax and perhaps deserves a heritage designation of its own..

(check out an CTV news clip showing how rough the Fenwick Estate really is:)


Written by mitchellirons

January 27, 2008 at 9:50 pm

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  1. […] Update: Jan.27.2008:  Dalhousie BoG Approves Motion to Sell Fenwick Tower.   […]

  2. “would the Nova Scotia Heritage Trust object to the demolition of this nearly 40-year old building?”

    Interesting question. Tobin Street’s Fort Massey United Church is a hotbed of Heritage Trusters, who tend to stir up debate even within the congregation.
    They had great opposition to a plan tomove a pair of pews and screen to make the front of the sanctuary more accessible. This despite the fact the pews, etc. had only been in that configuration since the 50s, while the sanctuary is much older.

    Funny how they pick and choose what has heritage value.


    January 28, 2008 at 3:28 pm

  3. Hey now….

    Tim Bousquet

    January 28, 2008 at 5:39 pm

  4. Okay Coastals, that was perhaps a little mean of me to say, and unsubstantiated in this context. But your work does bother a lot of us from time to time – some of my more bitter complaints can be found at:

    The thing, Coastals, is that anyone can get angry and bitter and emotional and put together “wishlists” or complain about how poor a job the city does at X or Y – witness my own rants here, or at any other blog. We, the citizenry, the reading public, need more from out of you guys. You need to lead the rabble with a clear vision for Halifax.

    We want you to succeed, coastals, we really do. We’re just a little let down with how things are working out right now.


    January 29, 2008 at 1:03 pm

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