Immediately behind 465 Sussex Drive is 7 Clarence, the #NationalCapitalCommission's "International Pavilion", near the intersection where the #USembassy's main #SussexDrive entrance is. The new building is on the site of a #heritagebuilding previously on #ClarenceStreet which, with much controversy, the NCC demolished in 2014.
🏛🏬 "...the building — an 1870s addition to the rear of the well-preseverd 465 Sussex Dr. — was constructed with “rubble” materials and limestone of “poor quality”, according to a Jokinen Engineering Services report that was ordered up by the #NCC.
"The consultants believed back in early 2013 that while the building was unsafe for passersby, the walls could have been rebuilt with “original stone that can be reused where it is adequate.” For the stones that were not salvageable, the engineers suggest replacing them with new material “which is still available.”
"But by the end of 2013, and upon further investigation, Jokinen wrote in a letter to the NCC that “the structure is clearly beyond the point of reconstruction.”
"NCC officials have said 7 Clarence was built in a substandard fashion as an annex to 465 Sussex, and never meant to last. Mark Kristmanson, the NCC’s CEO, opined Friday that the commission “nurtured that building through a long life cycle.”
"Perhaps. Although if you stop feeding your pet fish, it will come to the end of its life cycle pretty quickly. And it doesn’t appear the NCC has done any major structural repairs at 7 Clarence since the 1970s. It may not have been constructed to last, but if we have deemed the building important enough for official heritage designation, aren’t we then obliged to make sure that it does last?"
🏛🏬 But the @ncc_ccn of course has its own explanations; see
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