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Links's Petrie-The Big Reveal
| January 17, 2018

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Guelph's Petrie Building renovations revealed as scaffolding comes down

From Issue No. 266 | February 12, 2018

Building has been undergoing renovations and restoration since 2015

The City of Guelph tweeted this photo of the top floors of the Petrie Building in downtown Guelph as scaffolding used for restoration work was removed Tuesday. (@cityofguelph/Twitter)

The scaffolding used during restoration work of the facade of the Petrie Building in downtown Guelph came down on Tuesday.

Some were eagerly sharing the news on social media as the first floor windows were revealed.

"It's been a long wait. Everybody's been waiting both to see the metal facade and also to see the building with windows in it for the first time," Roberts said in an interview.

He said he was excited to see others excited about the project. The building has held a special place in the hearts of Guelph residents.

"They saw such a unique building just sort of sit on its own for so long," he said.

The building was built in 1882 by A.B. Petrie, who had a pharmacy on the ground floor and an office on the second floor.

The building has a full sheet metal facade, which the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario said makes it the last remaining machine-stamped metal clad building in Canada.

In 2014, it was put on Heritage Canada National Trust's list of Canada's Top 10 Most Endangered Places.

Some of the upper floors of the building had been vacant for almost a hundred years before Tyrcathlen Partners purchased the building in 2015.

That began the lengthy process to renovate and restore it.

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