To the Editor,
Re: School will be demolished, Jan. 7.
According to historicplaces.ca, Harewood School, built in 1914, is a very good example of a classical-period revival-style building and the only remaining school of this style in the Nanaimo area. This building, with its banks of symmetrical windows, its classical ornamentation and its overall austere appearance successfully suggests authority and regimentation, concepts that were contemporarily linked to good education. Yet the school board has opened up the bidding for demolition of a building that has been standing for more than 100 years. What is wrong with our local representatives to want another strip mall or spec-house subdivision rather than putting this awesome structure to good use? I’m wondering if we can make this public by properly informing people in your newspaper to what is going to happen to this heritage building. It’s a story that needs to be heard.