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canon odonnel open again

On 5 Feb 2011 at 11:31am cannon donald duck wrote:
I am pleased to see that the owners of the Canon O Donnel have now acknowledged that it has a use and isn't about to fall down. ( not that any of us who know about development, architecture, and engineering ever thought that was true) Last night the lights were on and plenty of people were at home. So we look forward to further refurbishment of this interesting architect designed Edwardian building
On 5 Feb 2011 at 12:39pm Chant Old Jokes wrote:
I fear you may just find they were casing the joint for a fresh attempt to replace it.
On 5 Feb 2011 at 2:11pm odonnel duck wrote:
ha ha. can't be that though, apparently the police were happy for the occupants to stay
On 5 Feb 2011 at 5:42pm sfb wrote:
"Architect designed Edwardian building" LOL
Knock the, dump down and put some housing there
On 5 Feb 2011 at 6:43pm Sylvia wrote:
The building is a complete eyesore, no amount of restoration could make it anything other than a dismal, inferior quality, pebbledash heap, at a prominent location entering and leaving the town. Age doesn't render buildings worthy of retaining in themselves.
On 6 Feb 2011 at 11:20am School of Lutyens wrote:
Architecture is a matter of taste. You may not have the accepted professional but whatever anyone thinks of the design, the building is not of 'inferior quality, In fact, its rather the reverse. Of course the building doesn't look its best, and whose fault is that? Viva Lewes found a very attractive drawing of what the building should, and could look like. If you think its unattatractive then presumably you think the same of the castle, upon which the design is based. Compare the frontage, with its buttresses, and the photo of the castle in Nationwide. You might then understand why they used pebble dash too. The castle isn't exactle as good as when built, should we knock that down too? The issue for a building in any location in a historic town (history includes the Edwardian period, whichg for those of us under 60 is quite a long time ago, and rising) is does it have any use?. Claiming a building is unusable, when people are using it isn't a matter of opinion, its a fact. It was open last night, and all the lights were on upstairs. Squatters, burglars, party goers, residents ? . Anyone know what is going on with that?. It seems that the building now is housing, and there is no reason why it shouldn't be converted properly permenantly like it should have been before the various questionable goings on occurred when it was sold.. Oh, and by the way, I doubt all the home-loving people in Southover with pebble dashed Edwardian houses will take kindly to the insult! Pebble dash is just render. Its on loads of building is Lewss, Albion St, Southover Crescent, Half the High St, should we knock them down too? At least the pebble dash is still attached to the building, unlike the 'high tec' render on The Printworks. :-)
On 7 Feb 2011 at 9:11am Rookie wrote:
Nothing much wrong with pebbledash apart from maybe being a bit plain. My house is pebbledashed. Since I painted it with Sandtex, in a nice bright cream colour, it looks ace. A similar paint job on the Canon O'Donnell would improve it greatly.
On 7 Feb 2011 at 9:43am Mr Forks wrote:
How about converting it to a cinema? Surely there'd be a market for it?

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