Atlantic Canada Cycling Headquarters
Above is the office of Atlantic Canada Cycling in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Actually, this photo is how the room looked almost 100 years ago, when it served as a temporary hospital following the tragic Halifax Explosion. Th ephoto is from “A Vision of Regeneration”: Reconstruction after the Halifax Explosion, 1917-1921 (Photographer: W.G. MacLaughlan Date: [1917 or 1918]). An exhibition of archival photographs, the series describes life in the city of Halifax before the tragic Halifax Explosion and the long impact afterward of the disaster. In 1917 a large portion of Halifax was destoyed from the collision of two ships, one of them carrying wartime munitons. In the exhibition images temporary emergency rooms such as this as well as those of damaged buildings, homes, and destroyed streets were interspersed with contemporary news reports and official documents. These shots were followed by photographs of relief efforts, and reconstruction work. Three web sites complement this – (www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/explosion.asp) and (www.halifaxexplosion.org) and (http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/explosion).
ACC Headquaters Today
This makeshift emergency hospital was one of many metamorphoses the building has seen. It has been reconfigured many times, seeing stints including the Canadian Pacific telegraph exchange, the YMCA, various night clubs, and as an office building. Today it contains the Atlantic Canada Cycling HQ.
This photo shows ACC’s home today from the street. We are happy to say a small coffee shop has moved in at street level. It comes in handy when the long days of work arrives as our tours approach – we put in many hours here.