Mitchell Farmhouse 2.0 ?

Mitchell farmhouse

Mitchell farmhouse; Guelph Tribune Photo

A question I considered asking in my column in this past Friday’s Guelph Mercury was how much of the energy around the fate of the Wilson farmhouse now is actually about the demolition of the Mitchell farmhouse — how much of the emotion in this controversy stems from it?

Is the energy in this matter about re-fighting a past, lost battle?

Ben Bennett seemed to be circling the question I am asking here in his column in the Guelph Mercury:

Wilson farmhouse; Mercury photo

Wilson farmhouse; Guelph Mercury photo

The idea of another farmhouse in Guelph being destroyed because of bureaucratic negligence and political convenience is making this a very emotional issue for some.

— Though I would have gone further in saying saving the Wilson farmhouse shouldn’t be about the Mitchell farmhouse. They are different issues, different contexts.

And Ben, it is different from The Boathouse as well, which indeed was successfully re-purposed in a high profile locale. Let’s not pretend the differences in that instance and this one are irrelevant.

The Boathouse; photo by Guelph Arts

The Boathouse; photo by Guelph Arts

For whatever it needed by way of repairs, The Boathouse was never separated from its context, it’s historical landscape in the way the Wilson farmhouse has become.





Post update:

Recent editorials on this issue:

Don’t rush to judgement, Guelph Tribune, September 19/13

Farmhouse file a no-win issue for Council, Guelph Mercury, September 24/13

Recent columns on this issue:

Time is now to finally knockdown farmhouse in north Guelph, Scott Tracey, Guelph Mercury, September 20/13

Many share blame in farmhouse fiasco; Alan Pickersgill, Guelph Tribune, September 26/13

One farmhouse, two views; Chris Clark, Guelph Tribune, September 26/13

Bothered and bewildered about call to raze Wilson Park farmhouse; Susan Ratcliffe, Guelph Mercury, September 26/13

Consider dilapidated historic farmhouse in its full context; Craig Chamberlain, Guelph Mercury, September 27/13

Message to city council: Don’t demolish the Wilson farmhouse; D’Arcy McGee, Guelph Mercury, September 27/13

Just where do we sit?; Ben Bennett, Guelph Mercury, September 28/13

Recent Letters to the Editor:

Questions in need of answers; Guelph Tribune, September 12/13

Where was due diligence, Wilson Farmhouse neighbours?; Guelph Tribune, September 17/13

Demolish farmhouse for sake of parkland; Guelph Tribune, September 24/13

Farmhouse historically insignificant and danger to community; Guelph Tribune, September 26/13

It’s time to demolish the Wilson farmhouse, Guelph Mercury, September 28/13

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Ward 3 Guelph resident, dad and step-dad.
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