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Monday, April 15, 2024
Letter to the editor: Additions should complement heritage buildings


In response to Brian Marshall’s feature Architext printed March 28, 2019 where he says, “I fail to understand people who believe that an addition to a building should never be of the same design,” I offer the following.

Having spent years on the NOTL Heritage committee, listening to and having seen additions Peter Stokes designed, I believe the following to be the direction an addition to a heritage building should take. I learned from the ‘master’.

An addition to a heritage building should distinguish itself from the original in a positive way from the original building. An addition should be slightly removed in position, pushed back from the heritage building so that the original building is the outstanding, the ‘star’ so to speak. The addition should be minor and not a fake replica of the original building.

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