|The Spot restaurant on the right burned the other day.|
All too often, this is not done in London, Ontario. If an addition is necessary, it is often simply a boxy mass slapped onto the front or the side of the structure. Ugly.
|Down the street from The Spot, the residential feel is intact.|
All that said, maybe the fire that gutted a restaurant and several attached apartments in London's core, causing an estimated $450,000 in damage, can be turned into a positive.
Maybe the restaurant can be rebuilt in keeping with the architecture of the older building. Let's blend the commercial smoothly into the residential.
Let's make this old, heritage structure evolve rather than devolve. Let's honour the past, the present and the future.
|Many of the residences in this downtown neighbourhood date are circa 1880.|