Redpath Mansion could be demolished within days

It looks like the downtown Redpath Mansion will be demolished and it could happen within days.

Quebec Culture Minister Maka Kotto says the Victorian mansion,“does not present a national heritage interest” and can be demolished.

The minister made the decision following a nearly two-week reprieve.

The home was almost torn down recently, but the minister was able to stop it.

The home was sold in 1986 to developers when it as being used as a homeless shelter.

It was built in 1886 for the Redpath family, which, among other things, established a sugar refinery.

Developers are hoping to use the property to build a multi-storey residence for McGill university students.

 

Photo credit: montrealgazette.com

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  1. chuck posted on 03/01/2014 08:21 AM
    This city seems too stupid to preserve heritage structures like the Redpath house. Instead it is driven to build eyesore condominiums. Is there not enough condo's already? They are a blight in my opinion. Other cities take care to preserve old and heritage structures and often turn them into a museum or some other purpose. Thus city is too quick with the wrecking ball. Are they so stupid as this?
  2. George Grummett posted on 03/01/2014 08:55 AM
    Perhaps the Minister might have a change of heart if it were renamed instead to "Le Manoir Chemin Rouge" ?
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