Harbour Grace council rescinds motion to demolish Ridley Hall
Harbour Grace council agreed unanimously last Wednesday to rescind a motion to demolish the ruins of a historic building.
Ridley Hall, the former home of local fish merchant Thomas Ridley, was built in 1834, making it one of the oldest structures in the Conception Bay North community. New owners had big plans for the building prior to a suspicious fire in 2003. A demolition order has been left hanging over the building for years.
Coun. Pat Haire recently attended a meeting with officials from the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and said the group has some ideas to share about the building.
Haire has in the past said he would like to see the building torn down, but he is curious to hear more from Heritage Foundation officials.
“We’re willing to sit down and listen to them and see what they’ve got to offer for the building,” he said.
The building is a Registered Heritage Structure. A complementary building, Ridley Office at Point of Beach, was built in 1838 and still stands today.
A suspicious fire in 2003 left the historic Ridley Hall in ruins.