The partial collapse and demolition of Hamilton's historic Tivoli Theatre has "devastated" the city's building preservationists.
The loss will make preservationists become more "political" and "passionate" about saving the city's heritage, said Diane Dent, head of the Municipal Heritage Committee.
She said the committee will have to put more pressure on politicians and building owners to ensure that the Lister Block, Treble Hall, the nationally historic Victoria Hall, Auchmar, St. Mark's Church, the Smart-Turner building and other designated or notable buildings are saved.
"We are not a vigilante group ... but we have to be more dogmatic," she said. "We have to get more political because we are losing buildings that our children and our grandchildren will blame us for and ask, 'What were you doing,'" Dent said.
Demolition on the Tivoli continued yesterday after fears that the front wall might collapse.
City politicians, unlike those in Toronto, are reluctant to designate heritage buildings without the approval of building owners but more buildings should be designated, she said. Source.