Friday, June 6, 2008

Ben's Building Update

An update to my 100th post from exactly one year ago about Montreal landmark Ben's Delicatessen:

The CBC and other news sources are reporting that Ben's will soon be torn down by developers. Montreal's Ville-Marie Borough voted that the building has no exceptional heritage value. Their decision cannot be appealed, according to the article.

So, the fate of this Streamlined Modern era building seems to have been sealed and the deli will be no more.

A planned 15-storey condo will go up in the building's place. The city will require it to have some design cues hearkening back to the architecture of the original building.

Another Montreal landmark has disappeared.