A building collapsed today in the Hintonburg neighbourhood of Ottawa, destroying a historic piece of the city's architecture. The building is located at 1119 Wellington Street West close to Rosemount Avenue.
Police have confirmed that it's still unknown if anyone has been injured and are asking people to avoid the scene.
Ottawa's Fire Department is currently on the scene responding to the crumbling building.
The whole side of the building can be seen crumbling to pieces on the north side of the street.
The partially collapsed building on Wellington St. is known as "Magee House"and is one of the oldest in Hintonburg. It was partially built over 140 yrs. ago in April 1874 and is designated as a heritage property. pic.twitter.com/ayDk8nlDqg— Adrian Harewood (@CBCAdrianH) July 24, 2018
Apparently, the building can date back to 1880 and is known for being one of the neighbourhood's oldest structures. It has been given the title Magee House and was built with limestone opposed to bricks.
The Magee House— Andrew King (@twitandrewking) July 24, 2018
Built as a private residence for Mrs Frances Magee in 1880, this stately limestone building is a landmark in the Hintonburg area...the Magee house stands alone as one of the few buildings in the area to be constructed from limestone rather than brick... pic.twitter.com/OfefR6shuu
The Wellington St. W. building that partially collapsed was built in 1880 and is regarded as one of #Hintonburg's oldest structures. A developer mused about adding condos in 2016. https://t.co/tuM0GFQByx #Ottnews #Ottawa— Peter Kovessy (@peterkovessy) July 24, 2018
The building was dedicated as a heritage building back in 1996 but recently a condo developer wanted to use the site for a new project.
is Hintonburg crumbling under the weight of its own gentrification? 🤔 https://t.co/0qOc3o51yM— fiverdrive (@fiverdrive) July 24, 2018
Clearly, an old structure like this would have some flaws but considering it was a designated heritage site, the side falling off and becoming completely exposed is truly shocking.
Here's hoping that the structure can be restored opposed to bulldozed, considering the significant past it has.