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Group petitions to save Stewart-Dworkin Building

The old Dworkin Furs building on Rideau Street is slated for demolition and a local group is working to save the more than a century old building.

Contractors ripped out the building's rear extension in the past few days as they prepare to build two condo towers in its place --- the city says it has no heritage value.

Local activist Marc Aubin has been fighting the city on that issue and tells CFRA they still have hope to save the brick building's facade.

"There's no reason why, I think, we could still not have two 26-storey buildings on that site and maybe the facade of this old home integrated into it," said Aubin, who is the former president of the Lowertown Community Association. "In fact, it's a great opportunity to have a really unique gateway feature to a condo building on Rideau Street."

The Stewart-Dworkin house was built in 1877 for Col. John Stewart, a prominent local and national contractor. It later became the home of Dworkin Furs for decades.

As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, the group had more than 500 signatures on a petition for their cause.

Aubin said he also recently came across a picture that he believes proves the building's heritage value. The city's Build Heritage Sub-Committee said it still did not have the heritage value necessary for preservation.

Click here to see the petition.

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