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Fixing up Richler gazebo is worth the price: heritage activist

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--September 2, 2015.

At least one heritage specialist says the Mordecai Richler gazebo is indeed a heritage structure that should serve as a reminder of protecting and maintaining Montreal's culture and history.

The city of Montreal is supposed to fix up the gazebo to honor the late celebrated author to the tune of about half a million dollars.

"Calling it a gazebo is very reductive," said Dinu Bumbaru, policy director for Heritage Montreal.

"They're very handy for the dwellers of suburbia but this is a music kiosque, the kind of thing that was present in many of Montreal's parks."

And this one was donated by wealthy Montreal lawyer Charles Sandwith Campbell back in the late 1920s for free concerts that continue to this day around the city.

"Bringing a music kisoque in the park was a way to bring music to the ears of dwellers, families and people just strolling around, so that music can be brought to the public park for the enjoyment of the citizen," said Bumbaru.

Bumbaru said he's not the one to put a price tag on the gazebo's value but there's a lesson to be learned.

"We know that there is a cost to be paid for negligence," said Bumbaru.

"We would invest much more, little amounts in ongoing maintenance rather than letting things go and eventually have to pay a huge bill to restore things in good order."

Bumbaru added that the gazebo has great historical and cultural value.

"Restoring it today for the public enjoyment, not just as a piece of metal laying around and waiting for people to picnic and take it over for their own private enjoyment, is a good way to restore the heritage."

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