Canada

Many furious over destruction of Hunt Club

Heritage activists are up in arms about the sudden demolition of a Montreal landmark.

Ste-Justine Hospital had the 102-year-old Montreal Hunt Club torn down on Saturday.

The building dated back to when people hunted foxes on Mount Royal.

Nicole Saint-Pierre, of Ste-Justine Hospital, says the fire department ordered them to tear down the building. "When they saw the building, they asked the hospital to demolish it right away," she says.

St-Pierre doesn't hide the fact that the hospital has been trying to get a demolition permit for the building. She says the hospital's priority is health care and it can't afford to preserve old buildings.

But heritage activists say it's not the first time they've seen a building allowed to deteriorate as was the case with the Hunt Club. Grald Beaudet, president of Heritage Montreal, says the reason the building ended up in such poor condition is because the hospital let it deteriorate.

He says he sees more and more cases where the fire department is forced to condemn heritage buildings.

Beaudet says he hopes this case will be a wake-up call to Montrealers.

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