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Demolition of ECI
The Start, Thursday Mar 24, 2005
The Gym is gone!
Then comes the Old East
Then the East Side of the
Then the Front Entrance
is removed, for re-use
The Tile Inlay
Inside the Front Entrance of ECI
The Cornerstone of ECI
Larry Preddy sent me this note:
"We got the Terrazzo Steps out of the Entrance,
All of the structure around the Door
(before & after pictures above)
Including the Cornerstone
and all of the Red Brick we should need
for our Legacy Monument"
Down comes the Original
All that remains as of
is the Newer West Wing
No April Fool's Joke here!
This Section is proving
to be a little tougher
more rebar and newer construction style
These were the views up to Apr 9,2005
the pile of bricks in the last picture
on the right, is the salvaged bricks
for the ECI Legacy memorial.
Larry could use more helpers
collecting the bricks, I am sure.
Not as many red bricks were saved
as was hoped for, so the newer section bricks
will be salvaged and used for the retaining wall.
Be sure to click on the ECI
for the Future of ECI !
My Personal Editorial on this is when are we
going to learn
from the European community that these old buildings
are our Heritage, they can be used for tourist purposes,
and with proper upkeep, and new heating systems,
be turned into money making buildings,
not just a pile of bricks, or another Condo development.
We spend a fortune on a tin building for a museum,
but overlook a beautiful museum piece in itself.
ECI the original part could have been saved,
with the gym west wing etc dismantled.
The lots around it could have been sold.
This money could have been used to update the building.
This is the building the museum should have been in.
Or the Library, or whatever.
It would have been saved and an admission charged
to enter and view the building.
1700 came in 2000 to see the old building.
And that was with nothing in it to draw them there.
Estevan demolished Valley View School,
now ECI, and next will be probably Hillside School.
Lets build another tin or concrete block building there too!
Why do people visit England? For the Food?
No, it's the old buildings.
Would I pay to go to England to see a Condo complex?
It's easy for a short sighted bean counter
to see the savings by removing them.
That is the easy, stupid way out.
They probably don't know the history of the building,
nor do they care. they see $$ saved now.
Turn the building into a tourist draw, and charge to view it.
Sell office space in it. Lots of options,
but most of all, start to save the history now.
There will soon be no elevators, and soon no old schools,
or old buildings in Estevan and in Saskatchewan.
A real shame in my opinion.
When will the old Stone Church be torn down?
Good thing it isn't a school, or it would have gone years ago!!!!
Wake up Estevan, you have something that will draw people,
and you are tearing them down.
Form a Heritage Society, and fight to declare these old
Heritage sites, and save them from destruction.
If you don't the Bean Counters will win every time!