Someone just painted a whole building yellow in my neighbourhood.Here's an article from the Ottawa Sun on this very house:"The clock is once again ticking for the yellow house that for two years has defied the odds and evaded a wrecking ball.
The structure, located at the corner of Gladstone Ave. and Cambridge St., has a colourful history, if nothing else, going for it.
The former pawn shop has been unoccupied since the owner of Pawn-Da-Rosa died six years ago. As its state deteriorated and drug abusers began to frequent the empty building, neighbours hoped that it would either be razed or reclaimed.
The city scheduled it for demolition two summers ago to make way for townhouses, but told former owner Ali Shafiei that he would have to clean rampant graffiti and posters off the walls first.
Incredulous that a house slated to be torn down in a month's time would first have to be made more attractive, Shafiei's agent painted the entire structure bright yellow.
Since then, it has been photographed and was even the backdrop for a short film called The House Will Not Be Here Tomorrow.
Romanticism aside, however, some residents say its time has come.
"I think everyone sees it as so bizarre it's funny" said Dalhousie Community Association vice-president Charles Akben-Marchand, who has followed the saga for years. "But we know that it's a temporary thing"
He said new owners based in Toronto are waiting for a building permit from the city to erect townhouse units. Once they're approved, the house will finally be put out of some people's misery.
"It seems they want to build and the councillor's office is trying to help," he said.
One of those waiting anxiously for the end is community activist Pamela Connolly, who says that while the house may be unique, it's time for it to go.
"Some people may like it, but there's graffiti all over the walls and the house itself has become unstable."
Connolly said there's no longer any criminal activity at the address, which has become a haven for skateboarders for its natural obstacle course."[link]
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ing this image and for appreciating it. Please feel free to look at the rest of my gallery which extends over 35 years. [link]
Just so you know, the building has been razed. It's an empty lot. So, to all you new photographers out there who have this inner turmoil when deciding whether to take a shot or not, the answer is clear. Take it! Don't hesitate.