— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —
February 7, 2020
Stratford & District Historical Society (2019) strongly urges the Huron Perth Health Alliance to reconsider its proposed redevelopment of the Avon Crest site in order to first seek ways of preserving this important landmark of Stratford heritage.
Designed by London-based architect George F. Durand and opened in May 1891, Stratford General Hospital (now Avon Crest) was a symbol of progress in science and technology. Today it is a repository of memory and social meaning, a place intimately associated with birth, illness and death within our community. The building has been allowed to deteriorate.
The Request for Solutions (RFS) released by HPHA on February 3, 2020 acknowledges, “the Hospital and HPHA have not performed any analysis or review of the existing site or building conditions.” And yet, as a requirement of the RFS, “Careful demolition of the existing building must be considered.”
SDHS (2019) recommends that any new development of Avon Crest begin with exploration of its rehabilitation and re-use.
SDHS (2019) aims to advance public education and awareness of the history of Stratford and district by disseminating historical information, hosting events and organizing displays, exhibitions and performances. We seek to promote and advocate for the built heritage, landscapes, people, institutions and events that contribute to our region’s rich heritage.
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