Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Then and Now #1

Thanks to Gaston from France, who used to live in PE in the 1950s and early 60s, and who very kindly sent us some of his photos from that era, we will be doing a few Then and Now comparisons in the near future. We start with the Campanile, which we did a whole series on recently.
Here it is around 50 years ago.....
And as it looked yesterday......

As you can see, the pretty old building on the right was demolished and replaced by the ugly modern block. The freeway now obliterates the view of the Harbour and the lower portion of the Campanile. The price of progress!


  1. I love then and now pics. I'm really looking forward to this series of yours.

  2. Like Firefly, I love “now and then”. Thanks for going to the effort to reproduce this for us!

  3. Oh no!!! I wonder why they tore that beautiful building down?! Progress indeed.

  4. The building of those freeways and the marooning of the lovely Campanile, effectively cutting the city off from the harbour, has to qualify as one of the most cataclysmically stupid pieces of town "planning" ever...

  5. the lovely building on the right side used to be the French Bank of Southern Africa