Mr. Harper, tear down this house!

Joe Clark’s wife doesn’t think 24 Sussex is worth saving

Stephen Harper and his family are apparently planning to move out of the prime minister’s residence at 24 Sussex in order to allow wholesale renovations to take place. But a former resident of the house says it’s not be worth saving. Maureen McTeer, the wife of former prime minister Joe Clark, argues that, instead of renovating the worn-down mansion, Canada should put its energies toward replacing it with an “architectural showcase.” According to McTeer, while the grounds surrounding the house are “magnificient,” its interior was indiscriminately gutted during the last major renovations (in 1949) and there’s little architectural value to what was left.

The Hill Times