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The Historical Buildings of Thunder Bay: A Glimpse Into the Past

When you stroll through the streets of Thunder Bay, you're not just walking on concrete - you're stepping through the pages of history. The city's old buildings, each a relic of a bygone era, tell a story of the city's growth, change, and enduring legacy. In an effort to understand and appreciate these narratives of our past, we decided to delve into the data of these historical buildings.

When Were These Historical Buildings Built?

Firstly, let's take a look at when these buildings were constructed. This gives us a sense of the city's architectural history and development over the years.

Our exploration took us back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries - a period that saw a boom in construction in Thunder Bay. The histogram shows a significant number of the city's historical buildings were erected around the 1900s. This era, marked by rapid industrialization and urbanization, brought a wave of new architectural marvels to the cityscape, many of which stand to this day.

When Were These Buildings Recognized as Heritage Structures?

Next, we wanted to understand when these buildings were officially recognized for their historical significance and added to the heritage register.

Interestingly, the data indicates a surge in heritage recognition between 1975 and 2000. There's a noticeable peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This suggests a growing awareness and appreciation for Thunder Bay's architectural history during this period. The city began to formally acknowledge these structures, ensuring their preservation for future generations to admire and learn from.


Through this journey into the past, we gain a richer understanding and deeper appreciation for the historical buildings of Thunder Bay. They are more than just structures; they are tangible links to our past, encapsulating the city's history and cultural heritage. As we continue to preserve these buildings and recognize their importance, we ensure that the story of Thunder Bay - etched in stone and mortar - is told to future generations.

Please note: This blog post is based on an analysis of the available data from the Thunder Bay heritage register. The actual distribution and recognition of historical buildings may vary based on the specific region and the completeness of the data.


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