St. Giles in the news

The conversation about the fate of St. Giles continues in the Spectator. Plus, powerful social media engagement from a national heritage organization.

Shannon Kyles, president of the Hamilton branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, issued an urgent call for a plan for our historic places of worship. About St. Giles and sustainability, Kyles wrote, “The greenest building is the one that is already there. Many far less worthy buildings have been the lucky beneficiaries of adaptive reuse.”

Kyles invoked the site of the Connolly, or former James Street Baptist, discussed in my most recent op-ed. You can also read my reporting about St. Giles here and my op-ed here.

Shannon Kyles' op-ed in the Spectator, Feb. 24, 2021

On Twitter, the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals / Association canadienne d’experts-conseils de patrimoine (CAHP-ACECP) shared my James Street Baptist op-ed:

"Demolition is trauma. According to Edwin Heathcote, The Financial Times’ architecture critic, it is a form of violence, toxic to cities." says @DrSarahSheehan in this powerful column about a historic church decapitated in #Hamilton, Ontario

Spectator print edition: “The fate of Hamilton’s places of worship” (Feb. 24, 2021, A13) | online: “We need a plan to save Hamilton’s places of worship” (Feb. 23. 2021)

Janet Long, Walter Furlan, and Lance Darren Cole in front of St. Giles Church

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Photos: Cathie Coward

Spectator front page for Wednesday, February 24, 2021 with photo of Bryce Kanbara of You Me Gallery

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