Save Kelly House - new Facebook group
Dear members of the Demolition By Neglect Facebook group,
Please take a moment to join a newly created group in support of saving the Kelly House, which is currently threatened by demolition: Save Kelly House
This is a textbook case of demolition by neglect, where an owner willfully neglects his property for years, to the point that allowing demolition can be justified. The plan for the property is, unsurprisingly, a surface parking lot.
Built on Adelaide Street in 1882, the Kelly House is that last intact residential house in the Exchange District. It is a product of an era that preceded the wholesale district that would sprout up around the house in early years of the 1900s.
Aside from being the last intact house in the Exchange, the Kelly House is a rare example of Queen Anne residential architecture.
It goes without saying that the Kelly House is simply too historically significant, too architecturally stunning, and too integral a part of the Exchange District's already gap-toothed western edge, to be lost. Winnipeg cannot afford the destruction of anymore buildings for parking lots in its most valuable neighborhood.
For more information on the Kelly House, please see: Heritage Winnipeg's info on the Kelly House
Photo courtesy of Manitoba Provincial Archives
Thanks to Kelly Konechny for creating this group and bringing it to my attention