I was fascinated by this building shell back in 2010, when I took this photograph.
I have since learned that it is part of an historical, architecturally significant, streetscape, over whose future there was a lot of debate in 2008.
I suspect the buildings were sacrificed to the cause of "economic development", as only small parts of their exterior walls still remain.
And inside those pieces of preserved walls, a nine-storey building is being constructed.
While I am intrigued watching the process of constructing a building within a building, I am saddened that it is seen as an acceptable solution to the preservation of these treasured old buildings.
"Wikipedia" filled in some of the history:
The Armour Group's Waterside Centre involves demolishing six heritage buildings to be replaced by a nine story retail and office building with partially constructed facades of the some of the former heritage buildings. Halifax City Council rejected the development in the fall of 2008 but the developer immediately demolished one of the buildings and appealed Council's decision which was overturned by Nova Scotia's Utility and Review Board on March 26, 2009
Unlike most older North American cities, Halifax has no heritage districts preserving blocks of heritage buildings but only has individual building designation which may easily be overturned by developers seeking demolition.