|Railway bridge abutments, near Milverton, Ontario|
|Mill, Glen Morris, Ontario|
In either situation, with or without a calamity, the decision to abandon would almost always have been the result of the owner/user’s determination that the repair and continued use of the structure, or the re-use of the site, was not economically practical.
|Road bridge piers, Elora, Ontario|
|Interpretive signage at Maitland windmill ruin|
|Windmill, Maitland, Ontario|
|Mackenzie printery in ruins, Queenston, Ontario circa ?|
|Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum today|
Intervention, especially in its more major forms, also becomes an important part of the history of the ruin property.
But — and herein lies the paradox of “saving” ruins — just as a ruin is a destroyed structure, so intervention inevitably destroys the ruin qua ruin to a greater or lesser extent. Something is lost.
|The Maitland windmill ruin in its landscape setting|
|St. Raphael's church ruins, St. Raphael's, Ontario|