The historic Petrie Building that hangs over Wyndham St. in downtown Guelph needs $100,000 to be restored, the target of a campaign by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.
The building was made by Bakewell & Mullins in Ohio for Alexander Bain Petrie, who built the establishment as his pharmacy in 1882.
The Petrie campaign is also being featured in the This Place Matters contest, which is run by the National Trust for Canada. The fundraising campaign could be awarded up to $30,000 in the categories it is entered in if the project receives the most votes.
People may also donate directly on the Petrie Building page.
The Trust placed the decaying building on its top ten endangered places list in 2014.
According to the landmark’s website, the pharmacy was designed by architect John Day, and remains as Canada’s only machine stamped building. It also sits among three remaining Canadian buildings with “full metal facades” constructed previous to 1890.
Mayor Cam Guthrie made a pitch in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday morning.
— Cam Guthrie (@CamGuthrie) June 28, 2017
“I really encourage you to go to a website that’s ThisPlaceMatters.ca,” said Guthrie in front of 15 Wyndham St. North.
“There is a contest going on right now that can have funds between 15,000 and 30,000 dollars going towards the facade of the iconic Petrie Building.”
The Downtown Guelph Business Association said they will match the first $24,000 in community contributions.
Image from the Petrie Building website.