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Cambridge’s chief building official says heritage structure is no longer safe

CAMBRIDGE — The chief building official for the City of Cambridge says the iconic Preston Springs hotel must be demolished.

In an order issued Wednesday, Dennis Purcell said recent assessments of the building conducted by two independent engineering firms have determined the building is in very poor condition and could lead to structural failure.

Purcell said demolition of the building at 102 Fountain St. S. is necessary to protect public safety.

"It's a decision that was not made lightly," he told The Record on Wednesday afternoon. The building dates back to the late 1800s, Purcell said.

The level of restoration needed to meet minimum safety standards presents significant and costly challenges, which are not guaranteed to fix the safety concerns. The deterioration of the building in recent years has also eroded much of the historic value of the designated heritage structure.

Years of exposure to the elements, including the freeze-thaw cycle of winter, has damaged virtually every aspect of the building — from the corrosion of steel columns to the collapse of entire walls.

"There's structural elements that are gone and corroding. In the basement the steel is corroding, and because of the water damage the concrete is rotting away," Purcell said. "A lot of metal decking in the flooring is corroding quite badly. I could go on and on."

Efforts have been made to secure the building against urban explorers or squatters, but people have still gained entry in recent years and that poses a serious public safety risk.

The owner, Haastown Developments, has until Feb. 5 to apply for a demolition permit. President Paul de Haas could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. The company purchased the building in 2012.

Purcell said he emailed his demolition order to Haastown on Wednesday but had not received a response as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

If Haastown Developments fails to submit a demolition permit request before the city's deadline, it would be considered an offence under the Building Code Act, and "we would do an assessment at that time with what action we'd go forward with," Purcell said.

He hopes to see the building gone by the end of June.

Council will receive a detailed report next Tuesday and will be asked to vote to remove the building's heritage designation. This will trigger a 30 day input period from the public and the city's Heritage Advisory Committee.

Ward 1 councillor Donna Reid said the city has been worried about this possible fate for quite some time after the building sat vacant for about 25 years.

"There have been many, many attempts to find a way to make that area into a grand development," she said.

Reid believes council should vote to remove the heritage designation.

"It's not safe, and there's no way council will allow an unsafe building there," she said. "Public safety is our first priority."


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Was a beautiful structure... see you got caught up with the staircases
Something magnetic about them it seems.
Hell with a good roof on it they could have saved it if they wanted too.
Oh well




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caught up with the staircases



hahahah indeed, that I did!!!




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That would be a nice place to have the architectural salvage contract for.




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I wish they still built staircases like that




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"There have been many, many attempts to find a way to make that area into a grand development," she said.

Reid believes council should vote to remove the heritage designation.

"It's not safe, and there's no way council will allow an unsafe building there," she said. "Public safety is our first priority."

This snippet is pretty much everything summed up nicely. Won't somebody think of the children???




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I love the lighting in #11 how the shadows dance off the structures.




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I saw this article and I wanted to try and get some pictures of this place so I can say I’ve gone, but when I went today everything was sealed up and I couldn’t get in. Needless to say, I will be trying to come back and get interior pics.




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WHOA where did this guy come from!!!????

Good to see you still here


Thanks.

Here's a crappy video of the Preston Springs a few years ago:
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The basement is apparently flooding, according to a news report that came out today.

Brutal.




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I'll be sad to see it go. I understand though. It is very likely beyond repair. I last saw the inside 9 years ago, and it was dangerous then.

Are the stairs still... mushy?

Shame the reception desk is gone, too.

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Finally made it in, even better that I got in on Halloween.

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Demolition permit was submitted to city council and they REJECTED IT.

No demolition until further studies are done to see if -any- of the structure can be saved.




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Demolition permit was submitted to city council and they REJECTED IT.

No demolition until further studies are done to see if -any- of the structure can be saved.




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Amazing pics. This place looks like it's in way better shape on the outside than it is inside!




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Demolition permit was submitted to city council and they REJECTED IT.

No demolition until further studies are done to see if -any- of the structure can be saved.


Sadly, I think we all already know what the fate of it will be. It's so far gone structurally.




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