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Report - Peterborough Family YMCA (Peterborough Canada - May 2014)

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by jerm IX, May 20, 2014.

  1. jerm IX

    jerm IX 28DL Full Member
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    In 2007, the YMCA of Peterborough opened their newly constructed facility south of the downtown core and sold this old historic YMCA building to a local doctor for one dollar. Ever since, it has sat vacant, tightly sealed and alarmed.

    Plans to convert the building into a community centre have not come to fruition and the building has once again been listed for sale, with an asking price of $1,475,000.

    The exterior walls of the original structure as well as the early additions have been assigned heritage status. It is these very outer walls that tell the story of the building's history. According to a plaque adorning the wall...

    "The Young Men's Christian Association was founded in Peterborough on December 17, 1868. After a number of temporary locations, the Y's search for a larger and more suitable space ended in 1890 with a legacy of $20,000 from Mrs. Charlotte Nicholls. On March 31, 1895, plans by local architect William Blackwell were accepted and the building contract was awarded to A.A. McIntyre for $13,175. The building was completed in 1897, though many renovations and additions have occurred in the intervening years. The gymnasium is now the oldest "Y" in Canada. In 1868, with the acquisition of a Provincial Charter, the organization's official name was changed to The Peterborough Family YMCA."

    As far as the rest of the building is concerned, the future is unknown...

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  2. Landy101fc

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    nice pictures :-)
    the bricks one makes my hands itch, a classic case of too soft bricks used where weather batters it constantly. i love it
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