HALIFAX – This past Saturday, the corner of Hollis and Morris was once again the city’s epicenter of perverse entertainment. An impromptu post-market crowd of witnesses gathered to to watch the Victoria Apartments be demolished, one wall at a time; revealing its bright colours, arched doorways and quirky interiors one last time.
Some people cheered as the bulldozer tore down the apartments, while others tried to hide their tears. Former residents pointed out their bedrooms and shared stories. Photographers had a field day. I tried to leave on three separate occasions, frozen and exhausted, but couldn’t tear myself away from the scene, feeling an overpowering civic responsibility to watch the streetscape transform before my eyes.
The oldest building, and former residence of Charles Morris, was saved from demolition and has been temporarily relocated several hundred feet away.
photos by Katie McKay