Sunday, April 29, 2012

Royal Jubilee South Block - a TC article says it is 122 years old

Now that the new patient tower is open at Royal Jubliee Hospital, VIHA is taking down some of the existing buildings.   Specifically the South East and Centre Blocks are being deconstructed at the moment.   The South Block seems to be the original building of the hospital which in the TC article it says it was built in 1890.  If it is really from 1890, why was there no move to protect it?

I admit I was not paying attention, but I really have to wonder why none of the heritage advocates were when it came to protecting this building?   The Victoria Heritage Foundation has a bit about the hospital on their page about Jubilee history, which on a old photo of the hospital seems to indicate all the original buildings were demolished years ago.

Looking at this picture of the one of the blocks being taken down right now, I am not sure what era it is from.   Looking at old picture of the hospital, I can not reconcile these blocks being as old as the article says they are.

What is going on the site of these buildings?   A parking lot, nothing more than expanding the existing parking lot a bit.
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