The Duck's Building development is a proposal to build a six-storey, 139-room hotel with ground floor retail space. The project will incorporate a heritage-restored Duck's Building (built in 1892) at 1314-1324 Broad Street, a replacement of the Canada Hotel at 615-625 Johnson Street and a new-build portion on a surface parking lot south of the Duck's Building.
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(Le Fevre) pointed out that the Duck’s buildings were gifts to the university.
“The University of Victoria does not have an acquisition cost and, accordingly, this would make one’s ability to refurbish the building so much easier economically,” he said. “I’m not so sure Mr. Williams, who never demolished a heritage building, would wish to see something he gifted fall in that manner.”
(Richard) Holmes adds that he knew Williams, discussed Broad Street with him and is “confident that this proposal would have met with his vision and approval.”
Le Fevre said all of his restorations have required reinforcements to walls, roofs, floors and, in some cases, new foundations. “If a heritage building is not collapsing, why should one knock a heritage building down?” he asked, noting that if the economic conditions aren’t conducive to restoring a building now, those conditions could change in the future. “If it’s not today, it could be tomorrow.”
Ah, the Clara Kramer school of heritage preservation.
The top floor is like 20 feet tall with the rear of the building serving as a gymnasium.
I have spent some time in that building and there is virtually nothing inside worth saving. The corner unit is interesting as it is used as an artist studio and is all exposed rafters and probably hasn't been touched for many decades internally.
137-room hotel will span across three properties, including two heritage buildings at 1312 Broad Street and 615 Johnson Street.
A nearly 170-unit condominium and rental project along the 1300-block of Broad Street is shifting gears in pursuit of approvals as a hotel.