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Worst Losses


Over the past 30 years, Canada has lost 23% of its historic building stock in urban areas and 21% in rural areas. This rate of destruction is disturbing both in terms of lost heritage and increased environmental waste. The following represent only a small number of buildings and structures that have disappeared from the Canadian landscape.

2015 Worst Losses List

Etzio Building, Edmonton, AB (10338 – Whyte Avenue) – One of Old Strathcona’s Oldest Torn Down.


Built in 1898, and one of only three 19th-century buildings in the Old Strathcona Provincial Historic Area, it was demolished at the end of April to make way for a three-storey in a heritage style. The demolition crew said the wood-frame building had been immaculately maintained and their machinery had difficulty pulling the well-built structure down.  

Farnam Block, Saskatoon, SK (650 Broadway Avenue) – Lost Due to Lack of Financial Incentives 

Photo by Daryl Mitchell

This iconic brick building (1912) on historic Broadway Avenue was demolished in March despite a last-minute bid by a group of local investors to save it. The building was on Saskatoon’s heritage inventory, but was not designated. The Farnam Block’s owners claimed structural repairs to the façade would have cost up to $700,000 to fix while the City’s heritage conservation fund could only provide $150,000.

Stollery’s Building, Toronto, ON (11 Bloor Street W.) – Outcry as Iconic Building Hastily Demolished

Photo by Chris Barker under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Built in 1901, the historic Stollery’s Building on the corner of Yonge and Bloor was recently purchased by a developer with plans for an 80-storey condominium on the site. City officials and heritage advocates were shocked to learn of the landmark’s demolition on Sunday, January 17—one day after a demolition permit was issued—seemingly in a move to circumvent City efforts to designate it.