305 Lost Buildings of Canada by Raymond Biesinger and Alex Bozikovic

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Paperback, 200 pages, ISBN: 9781773102368
Published by Goose Lane Editions, 2022

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A National Bestseller

The legacies of theaters, hotels, fire stations, flour mills, and more — torn down, burned down, and otherwise lost — are uncovered in this bittersweet collection. Using archival photographs, blueprints, and written reports, Raymond Biesinger has rendered a selection of Canada’s most iconic lost buildings in his signature minimalist style.

Accompanying Biesinger’s illustrations are Alex Bozikovic’s descriptions which capture each building’s historical, cultural, and architectural significance. Bozikovic draws on local histories, archived building permits and his own extensive knowledge of the Canadian urban architectural landscape and its history — from the letters passed through Kelowna’s unlikely art deco post office to the destruction of a home in Halifax’s Africville — to offer fascinating, sometimes forgotten stories about each building and its significance.

An impossible architectural walking tour, 305 Lost Buildings of Canada spans the country, its cities and countryside, and its history. Cities change, buildings come and go, but in this fact-filed compendium, you’ll find the lost wonders of Canada’s architecture.

 
Praise for 305 Lost Buildings of Canada:

“Theatres, hotels and industrial plants from St. John’s to Victoria come to life again in this engrossing work of social history by architecture critic Bozikovic and illustrator Biesinger. Fire and the mid-20th-century mania for “urban renewal” may top the list of direct causes, but a host of factors were involved, including technological revolution and changing tastes.” — Brian Bethune, Maclean’s

An X-ray tour of the bolder, more adventurous urban landmarks that once populated Canada’s streetscapes. They’re all gone, but Raymond Biesinger’s brilliantly stylized drawings and Alex Bozikovic’s deeply informed texts turn this into a lively wake for the stylish architectural ghosts that lurk along our sidewalks.” —Doug Saunders, author of Maximum Canada

It might be hard to feel sentimental about what we cannot see; certainly, we cannot be sentimental about what we do not know. These vignettes, stories of a time and place that hinge on a building that was often a reflection of something bigger, are an invaluable contribution to the history of settlement in Canada, the continual process of creation and recreation that shapes urbanization, and our built heritage. Biesinger and Bozikovic’s artistry is in hooking a bigger story to that of a single building, and they evoke both wonder and a sense of loss in doing so. I am glad to have read 305 Lost Buildings of Canada, and I hope to become a better city builder for it.” —Jennifer Keesmaat, former Toronto Chief City Planner

305 Lost Buildings of Canada reads like a nostalgic road trip. Showing you buildings and places that you might remember, spots you’ve never seen, and spaces that you wish you could have seen. Sometimes sad, sometimes shocking, this volume is a beautiful blend of story, architecture, and history.” — Falen Johnson, co-host of The Secret Life of Canada

 
About the authors:

Raymond Biesinger and Alex Bozikovic

Raymond Biesinger is an acclaimed Montréal artist whose work has been published in the New Yorker, the Guardian, and Time magazine.

Alex Bozikovic is an architecture critic for the Globe and Mail and co-author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide. He has also written for Toronto Life, Azure, and Metropolis.

 

 


(Credits: Publisher’s description has been retrieved from BiblioShare. Front and back cover photo by Jenn Collins.)

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