New Brunswick

Risteen building demolished after heritage designation denied

The historic Risteen building in Fredericton, N.B., has been demolished. After Fredericton city council voted down a motion Sept. 9 to give the building heritage designation, the owner proceeded with plans to tear it down.

Pile of rubble remains from building constructed nearly two centuries ago

The historic Risteen building was demolished over two days. (Gary Moore/CBC)

The historic Risteen building in Fredericton, N.B., has been demolished.

After Fredericton city council voted down a motion Sept. 9 to give the building heritage designation, the owner proceeded with plans to tear it down.

The city confirmed the building, located at the corner of Queen and Smythe streets, came down over two days. The wooden section came down on Thursday and the stone section on Friday.

All that remains at the fenced site is a large pile of rubble. 

The Risteen building was torn down this week to make way for an apartment complex. (Mike Heenan/CBC)

The building was built in the 1820s and was the first cut-stone building in New Brunswick. In the 1870s, it became the Risteen Sash and Door Factory.

The building's fate has been in question for months. 

Developer Gabriel El-Zayat owns the adjacent properties, which have already been demolished, and plans to build an apartment complex on the site.

He applied for a demolition permit for the Risteen building in April. That's when the city issued a stop-work order to consider whether it should come under heritage preservation rules.

The stop-work order on the demolition of the building was lifted after the motion was defeated in a 5-4 vote.

 

With files from Gary Moore and Lauren Bird