Har­bour Grace coun­cil re­scinds mo­tion to de­mol­ish Ri­d­ley Hall

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

A sus­pi­cious fire in 2003 left the his­toric Ri­d­ley Hall in ru­ins.

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