Saturday, January 12, 2013

Grey Plastic / Plastique gris

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One of Moncton’s nicest historic houses, corner of Mountain and Université (Archibald), covered in soft yellow cedar shingles is being covered in plastic, grey plastic. Great.
Une des plus belles résidences historiques de la ville, coin Mountain et Université (Archibald) se fait couvrir par du plastique. Le centre-ville a besoin de plus de couleurs et de moins de plastique et non l’inverse. Dommage.

6 comments :

mum or carol said...

Do you like it Brian. Not sure if I do. Went to Mountain Road School and MHS and now I will never know it. In fact missed it this week!. Too dark for me.

Brian Branch said...

I'm being sarcastic... There should be a law against plastic siding on such an historic building.

Stephen Downes said...

Sad. I hate vinyl siding, espcially on beautiful old buildings. And I know that house really well - they're destroying it.

Lina Livingstone said...

My friend rents the place out and got home to find the siding being installed. It wasn't at all what she had discussed with the landlord, but I think for economical purposes he decided to go ahead with the siding instead of repainting the house. When my friend came home, she was devestated. She had decided to rent the house out because of it's old charm and the color, her favorite, yellow. My heart sunk when I drove by after a tearful phone call. If anyone out there in the universe can help 'The Pidgeon House' as it was called a long time ago, return to the way it should be, please do!

Brian Branch said...

Yes, in most cases it’s for economical reasons. And I can understand that. It’s not going to be worst than any other vinyl covered house, it just looses much of its charm and heritage value. Little by little making our downtown core less inviting. I’m sure that in the future someone who can afford this prime location will revert it to its original state. In 10-15 years, plastic siding will look very dated, just like mid-70’s clapboard does now and cedar shingles will have kept its warm and inviting character.

Serge C said...

Anyone can help make it look the way it did. Just take out your check book and tell the owner you'll pay for the difference in price and the upkeeping of the wood shingles. I'm sure he'd be opened to a financial proposition.