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Old Posted Jul 31, 2022, 5:44 PM
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Old Posted Jul 31, 2022, 11:42 PM
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Halifax sure messed that up. Imagine if we had a rail line connecting Bedford to Brunswick St today.
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"...Gordon Stephenson, who had been hired by Halifax council to undertake a study of redevelopment opportunities in the city"

Looks like the fellow managed to build a highway and not much else.
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Neat shots. It really gives you an idea of how much urban fabric was lost along Barrington between the bridge and Cogswell.

As an aside, it sure looks like the back lot of the Harbour View Apartments contains part of the old alignment of Barrington.
https://goo.gl/maps/r1hw74U65JKJZLPz6
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Old Posted Aug 2, 2022, 4:37 AM
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"...Gordon Stephenson, who had been hired by Halifax council to undertake a study of redevelopment opportunities in the city"

Looks like the fellow managed to build a highway and not much else.
Oh, he "accomplished" lots.
https://halifaxbloggers.ca/builthali...dy-of-halifax/

https://historicnovascotia.ca/items/...tour=5&index=0

I think there is room for debate on the subject, but my impression is more was lost than gained, and that DT Halifax would be a very different place today had the city leaders chosen a different direction in the 1950s.
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Old Posted Aug 13, 2022, 12:43 AM
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Found some old photos of Citadel Hill, all containing significant buildings on the area that have since been demolished, all from around 1902-1926. Apologies if they've already been posted! Does anyone know what happened to the Louisbourg mortars?

Wooden construction on the ramparts:


I think this photo is mislabelled though, it appears to be Dresden and Sackville? If I'm not mistaken, that would mean the south Ravelin would have the large wooden building with the interesting turret, and there would be another large wooden building rising a storey above the inner ramparts close by:


Second barracks in the inner courtyard + wooden building/turret in the above photo:


Anyone have any other pics/info? When did this come down?

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Old Posted Aug 13, 2022, 1:09 PM
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Anyone have any other pics/info? When did this come down?

This page and the video at the bottom gives a good overview. Essentially it was a ruin until Parks Canada began work in the '60s. It has been ongoing ever since. My memory is that it became presentable in the '70s, was significantly enhanced during the '80s and '90s, and became much more of a functional site during the last couple of decades. How much of it now is authentic and how much is interpretive remains a mystery. But as the person in the video says it is not a theme park.

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/h...on-restoration
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Old Posted Aug 14, 2022, 2:15 PM
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Fascinating pics - I don't recall ever having seen them before.

Looking at the site today, it's almost hard to believe that it was in such a state of decay before the restoration occurred. It appears that the likelihood of it being demolished and redeveloped was pretty high before the feds stepped in and declared it a national park.

There are quite a few pics on the NS Archives and Halifax Municipal Archives sites showing some of the old structures, and in some cases, the state of disrepair. Here are a couple, but there are many more to be found just by searching "citadel" on either of those sites.

Here's a good one by W.R. MacAskill showing the view from Brunswick Street side. There is no year given, but I would guess it's late 1920s to mid 1930s (based on the car visible when you zoom in). Lots to see in this pic, especially if you go to the source link below and zoom in. One cool thing is that you can see the time ball fairly clearly. Also note the garden at the base of the town clock - presumably vegetables grown by the caretaker who lived on site?


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Here's another one showing some structures and the what appears to be the temporary shoring up of one of the walls, apparently to keep it from collapsing (timeline likely 1930s):

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Here's another great shot - an aerial photo from 1931:


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A little while ago there was a brief discussion about the granite curbs that used to be common in Halifax. I happened upon this photo on the Municipal Archives site that illustrates them pretty well, I thought. This is looking north along Lower Water Street, with the long-gone stone of the Halifax Customs House to the left and George Street between the third and fourth structures on the right. A lot has changed here since this photo was taken in the 1930s (or early 1940s).



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I guess that granite curbs required granite gutters on the street as well. They went well with the presumably granite cobblestones. I wonder where those cobbles all went when the streets became covered in asphalt, or if they just paved over them? Today they would be at least a couple of dollars each as materials for hardscaping a home or business.

I wonder where they were sourced from back then?
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I guess that granite curbs required granite gutters on the street as well. They went well with the presumably granite cobblestones. I wonder where those cobbles all went when the streets became covered in asphalt, or if they just paved over them? Today they would be at least a couple of dollars each as materials for hardscaping a home or business.

I wonder where they were sourced from back then?
I recall seeing cobblestones showing out when some asphalt crumbled away over the years, so I assume they just paved over them (nice solid base, I suppose). Don't know if they are still under there, though.
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"Come into Town!: A Trip to Halifax, c. 1950"
https://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.c...alifax-c-1950/
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Two interesting images found on the Twitter account of @builtHFX this week:

First, this was revealed during the Cogswell demolition:


Also, during the excavation for the Macara Presidio project on Gottingen, this appeared:


If nothing else, the old stones would be good to recycle into a new wall or hardscaping project, so I hope the contractors found a home for them somewhere.
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Looks like the pictures didn't work, Keith. I'll upload em' here:

Cogswell:


Gottingen St:
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Odd, I’m seeing both mine and yours.
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"Come into Town!: A Trip to Halifax, c. 1950"
https://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.c...alifax-c-1950/
In the 1950s would 'professional women' not have meant prostitutes? "So, put on your good trousers, or your best “new look” dress, and hit the streets for a day on the town" sounds like an invitation to work the streets.
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Odd, I’m seeing both mine and yours.
I'm only seeing mleblanc's photos and not yours...
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Two interesting images found on the Twitter account of @builtHFX this week:

First, this was revealed during the Cogswell demolition:
Be interesting to see if this were somehow remnants of Fort Grenadier
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Not that exciting unfortunately. From hfxgov on Twitter:
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Hi there, we believe this is a coal access port attached to approx. 6 metres of stone wall - a structure identified during excavations for a duct bank trench. -mc
Fort Grenadier was also a wooden palisade.
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