And the Walls Came Tumbling Down-Prince of Wales School High Street

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A huge bouquet of thanks goes to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. If it wasn’t for her time and patience, I would not be able to post such great, and not so geat moments in Carleton Place history. Thank you Jennifer!

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Prince of Wales School on High Street in Carleton Place-Torn down in the 70s

And the list goes on how these magnificent heritage buildings were torn down.

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In my hometown of Cowansville, Quebec they tore down 7 heritage homes in two years in the 60s. Nothing was wrong with them. My grandfather’s stately home which was originally The Cowan House (founder of the town) was also torn down in the 90s.

You cannot get these buildings back EVER– Our heritage is– us working together to keep it strong through words, memories and action so we remember that our buildings and the remembrance of our ancestors matter. No bureaucrat ever created a town, province or country– and we need to project this message to our children and grandchildren. Once something is gone we never get it back.. EVER.

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Teardowns like this and the Findlay house etc. should have been stopped in my mind.The term “teardown” was associated with outsized McMansions during the housing boom years. What a waste!

These photos just make me cry.

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March 28th 1973-Ottawa Journal

Related Reading:

Obituaries-web

So What Happened to The Findlay House Stone?

The Carleton Place House That Disappeared

Before and After in Carleton Place — Be True to your School

Dim All The Lights — The Troubled Times of the Abner Nichols Home on Bridge Street

What is Heritage? — The Old Hotel in Almonte

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You are so right to cry, Linda. Prince of Wales School was of superior quality. The destruction continues into recent years when the Town tore down a quality pre-confederation house on Bridge St (for a parking lot no less!) within the last ten years. Sadly, the lack of respect for our built heritage continues. Keep up the good work of celebrating and reminding us of the value of our people and their Town. One day, people will realize our real heritage is not in the museum.-John Edwards

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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  1. You are so right to cry, Linda. Prince of Wales School was of superior quality. The destruction continues into recent years when the Town tore down a quality pre-confederation house on Bridge St (for a parking lot no less!) within the last ten years. Sadly, the lack of respect for our built heritage continues. Keep up the good work of celebrating and reminding us of the value of our people and their Town. One day, people will realize our real heritage is not in the museum.

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    • John– or should I say HI John!!!!– In my hometown of Cowansville, Quebec they tore down 7 heritage homes in two years in the 60s. Nothing was wrong with them. My grandfather’s stately home which was originally The Cowan House (founder of the town) was also torn down in the 90s. You cannot get these buildings back EVER– Our heritage is– us working together to keep it strong through words, memories and action so we remember that our buildings and people matter. No bureaucrat ever created a town– and we need to project this message to our children and grandchildren. Once something is gone we never get it back.. EVER.

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