Agree that the building owner doesn't deserve any civic awards, but I put that down to bad policy incentives as well. If historical designation results in a loss of value to the property owner, the long-term results are usually bad for everyone involved. Historical preservation cannot be sustained at gunpoint.I happened to come across a reclad in Manhattan that made me feel not as bad about what's happening in Calgary:
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Apparently the building was about to get a historical designation, so the owner stripped off all the ornamentation and replaced it with the cheapest possible siding. I don't know how some people can sleep at night.