Classic Toronto buildings which were demolished usually did not pass asbestos testing. Not only is it a loss because of its historical value, they could have been saved had they subjected it to asbestos removal. If you walk down Toronto’s condo-filled areas, you will have no idea what classic structures used to stand there. From Downton Abbey like mansions to old registry building, these architectural ghosts are all the result of asbestos devastation.
- University Avenue Armouries—Looking a lot like a Scottish Castle, historian and author Richard Fiennes-Clinton describe it as Casa Loma in squat version. This brick building was built around 1891-1893. Canadian troops trained in this place both for public events and actual wars. This building has survived both World War I and World War II.
- Chorley House—The house of Toronto’s lieutenant-governor, the Chorley House closely resembles the real Downton Abbey. One of the most beautiful homes that existed in Toronto’s, it’s almost like French chateaus. Amid great concerns of government spending, the Chorley House was closed during the Great Depression.
- Shea’s Hippodrome Theatre—Built and opened in 1914, only to be demolished in 1957, this enormous theatre is the immediate casualty of the creation of the Nathan Phillips Square. Originally created as a music hall, it hosted musical acts and later on some circuses.
- Registry of Deeds and Land Titles—If you have seen the Registry of Deeds and Land Titles building, you would have thought you are in ancient Greece. With all its Ionic columns, this building resembles the Greek theatres and government buildings too. Built in 1914 and 1917, this historical building was designed by Architect Charles S. Cobb. Again this is another casualty of the construction of the Nathan Phillip Square.
- Toronto Star Building—The Star Building used to stand at 80 King St. but it is now a distant remnant of history. When the newsroom moved to its new location at 1 Yonge St., the building was demolished in the early part of 1970.
All these amazing structures are mostly the victim of asbestos. When a building was created before the 1980s, there is a huge chance that it has asbestos in it. In order to know whether you have asbestos in your home or not, you have to submit your home for asbestos testing. When it is found that you have asbestos in your home, you need to have it removed.
When left to disintegrate, asbestos can be hazardous to your health. It can cause all sorts of lung problems including cancer and asbestosis. This can be prevented though, as long as you do your best to remove any amount of asbestos remaining in your home.
Don’t allow you home to be demolished like these buildings. Do your best to preserve it and stay with it until you have a very good reason to move somewhere else. When you decide to move, your house will sell well if you manage to free it from the contamination of asbestos.Read More