To Whom it may concern,
I have been involved in projects based in the Khyber building for more than 20 years, starting with dance routine rehearsals for my Halifax West high school musical “Grease”, the building’s elegant workability impressed me as a 16 year-old doing cartwheels to “Greased Lightning”.
Over the following years I saw I made many recordings at a wonderful commercial studio in the attic of the Khyber. It was a great place to work in, the light, the wood, and the scale of the place is one that you just can’t make any more, a new steel and gyprock box cannot come close to the permanence of the 19th century building techniques, no longer financially possible to make new buildings like this, the tradesmen that made them are long gone and with it their skills and mastery.
We must preserve places like this for the following generations to experience and enjoy them as they are quickly being replaced by profit driven shoddy built, short sighted structures that will become the slums of the future. Money put into repairing and re-invigorating the Khyber is money in the bank, a place for the artists of the future to build their skills and add tangible value to the social fabric of the city.