Another One Bites The Dust: Classic Bata Shoe HQ Demolished

So what is a City to do when the Aga Khan drops into town with $ 200 million for the Aga Kahn Museum, to be built on the site of John Parkin's classic 1965 Bata Shoe Headquarters, still full of orange Eames shell chairs and Herman Miller Desks?

Say "Bye, Bye, Bata!" and welcome the new Fumihiko Maki designed museum, even if, as Chris Hume put it, "Surely there's an element of irony when an architecturally worthy building must be destroyed in the name of culture."

Some day we are all going to wake up and find that we have lost an entire generation of buildings that were not old enough to be deemed "historic" yet defined an era. ::BlogToronto

Tags: Ban Demolition | Demolition By Neglect | Ontario | Preservation

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