Historic buildings may make Thunder Bay heritage list

Thunder Bay's heritage registry could gain some new properties.
St. John's Anglican Church on Pearl Street in Thunder Bay could be added to the city's Heritage Registry. (Adam Burns/CBC)

Thunder Bay's heritage registry could gain some new properties.

There's a proposal to add St. John's Anglican Church on Pearl Street, the old Times-Journal Building on May Street, and the Cenotaph in front of city hall.

“People are paying more and more attention to history, as we should,” said city councillor Larry Hebert, who sits on the Heritage Advisory Committee.

“We learn so much from history, and those buildings … if they could talk, [they] would tell us a lot of stories.”

Members of the family that owns the Times-Journal building on May Street are reportedly happy their building may be included on Thunder Bay's Heritage Registry. (Adam Burns/CBC)

Inclusion on the heritage registry provides a measure of protection against any plan for demolition. The city is given the right to postpone destruction for up to 60 days to assess the historical aspects of the property.

The city owns the cenotaph, as it is on city hall property. The private owners of the other two properties had no objections to their properties being placed on the registry.

Hebert said the owners were happy to have the buildings included on the list.

Members of the family who own the Times-Journal building gave the committee “a great history [of the building]. They'd researched this really well, they are just thrilled to offer it, because they think it protects their property, and it adds value to the property because it's a heritage building,” Hebert said.

St. John's church was built in 1884, the Times-Journal was built in 1900, and the cenotaph was built in 1921.


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