There once was a crown hanging over the centre of Guelph.
This crown, made of wire with Christmas lights, hung over St. George’s Square from around 1960 until it was taken down at the end of the 1970’s.
The Crown, which was purchased from Texas as part of a Christmas Ornament Package, was removed around 1979 in preparation of the St. George’s Square makeover. When the city took down the crown, it was found to be very badly corroded from salt spray etc. It is buried in Eastview Landfill site as reported here. (Update: Link is now dead due to Metroland deleting Guelph Mercury blogs.)
After the makeover of the square, the crown was not replaced but instead honored by installing a large sidewalk crown made of stone in front of the CIBC Building sometime in the mid-1980’s. This was removed in 2002 due to the revamping of the Eaton Centre into Old Quebec Street Mall & Shops.
There are many people in the city who have fond memories of the crown hanging in the Square. The city is considering options to reconfigure St. George’s Square when road work along Wyndham Street commences in the next few years. At the time of this blog posting, none included replacing the long-gone crown. (Update: The Mayor has instructed to city staff to consider this as an option.)
Some Guelphities would like to see the crown return in some form. We encourage the community to let City Hall know this should be considered when the rebuild of St. George’s Square happens in the near future.