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War Flowers Exhibition opens at Campbell House, Toronto


Jan 23, 2018
WAR Flowers – A Touring Art Exhibition explores human nature in wartime through floriography, sculpture and scent. Opening in Toronto at Campbell House Museum January 24.   Visit the WAR Flowers website: https://warflowers.ca/ Campbell House Hours and Admission Info: http://... +read

Stephen Otto Order of Canada

Catherine Nasmith, Rollo Myers
Jan 09, 2018
Stephen Otto
Stephen Otto
The New Year began well for Canada's heritage advocates with the Order of Canada award for Stephen Otto. Steve's friend Michael Vaughan noted " As long as I have been involved and it has been a long time now, whenever a heritage question has arisen, the first thing anyone says is "Call Steve."... +read

Sean Fraser to Join Ontario Culture Division as Director of Programs

Kevin Finnerty, Assistant Deputy Minister
Jan 08, 2018

I am pleased to announce that Sean Fraser is the successful candidate for the position of Director of Programs and Services Branch with the Culture Division. No stranger to the ministry or to the culture sector, Sean joins us from the Ontario Heritage Trust where he has held increasingly senior pos... +read

Rescuing Historic Rock Inscriptions At The Bala Falls

Jack Hutton
Jan 05, 2018
Pittsburgh Rod and Gun Club, Bala Falls, 1888
Pittsburgh Rod and Gun Club, Bala Falls, 1888
The Muskoka branch of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO) had special reasons to pop champagne corks on New Year’s Eve. There was great suspense in November and December about whether it would be possible to preserve two rock inscriptions that were found on a large boulder at the const... +read

OMB Motion to Dismiss Proceedings in Cambridge, re: HIP Southwards Inc Proposal

ACO Cambridge Executive
Jan 04, 2018
Image from Cambridge Times of Southworks Project
Image from Cambridge Times of Southworks Project
From ACO Cambridge   Update: OMB Motion to Dismiss proceedings    Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018  10:00 a.m. City of Cambridge Council Chambers OMB Vice Chair, and the session’s Chairperson, Susan Schiller presided at yesterday’s hearing of the HIP Southworks In... +read

Toronto Star: Cleaning the Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal headed for a good, long bath

KAI SCHULTZ, New York Times
Jan 23, 2018

Pollution has blackened and yellowed much of the facade, so a thorough cleaning has been prescribed to restore the building’s beauty.  Though tourist numbers have dropped at the Taj Mahal in recent years, tens of thousands of people still visit every day. &... +read

Globe and Mail: Old City Hall....Museum of Toronto!?

After years of neglect, Old City Hall deserves Toronto

Alex Bozikovic
Jan 22, 2018

Old City Hall towers over Toronto. The grand sandstone pile stands at the top of the Bay Street canyon, its carvings and gables testifying to Victorian Toronto's ambition and craftsmanship. It's time to bring that history back to light. In a report being delivered to City ... +read

Globe and Mail: Adaptive Re-use in Hamilton

Hamilton, show us how it's done

Dave Le Blanc
Jan 22, 2018

A local architect has turned a rusting row of abandoned industrial buildings into a lesson in adaptive reuse.  ‘Cool Urban Towns’ at Nos. 7, 9 and 11 Brock St. in Hamilton.  Architect Bill Curran has thrown down the gauntlet in his nativ... +read

Canadian Architect: The Revitalization of Heritage

Bernard Flaman, SAA FRAIC
Jan 22, 2018
In the summer of 2004, I curated a small exhibition at Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery that coincided with the 40th anniversary of its construction. Character and Controversy sought to tell a story about Saskatchewan’s modernist architecture and introduce the idea that these... +read

cbc.ca-Guelph's Petrie-The Big Reveal

Guelph's Petrie Building renovations revealed as scaffolding comes down


Jan 17, 2018

Building has been undergoing renovations and restoration since 2015     The City of Guelph tweeted this photo of the top floors of the Petrie Building in downtown Guelph as scaffolding used for restoration work was removed Tuesday. (@cityofguelph/Twitter)   The s... +read

cbc.ca London: Marshall Brothers Tea Company Facade on Display

Historical piece of Dundas streetscape now back on display

Gary Ennett
Jan 17, 2018
  Façade of the Marshall Brothers Tea Company graces the third floor of the Central Library Part of the facade of the Marshall Tea Co. now on display on the third floor of London's Central Library (Gary Ennett/CBC News)    Visitors to t... +read

Globe and Mail: Morton Katz projects in King City

Two groovy houses, two glaringly different outcomes

Dave Le Blanc
Jan 11, 2018

One of these King City, Ont., homes is renovated nearly beyond recognition, while the other serves as a time capsule  The King City, Ont., home of Amadio and Maria Scodeller.    To paraphrase, you know what they say about the best laid plans of architou... +read

The Guardian: Death of British Preservationist, Gavin Stamp

Gavin Stamp obituary

Ian Jack
Jan 10, 2018

For nearly 40 years, Gavin Stamp’s pseudonymous column in Private Eye waged war on the property developers and planning authorities who disfigured British towns with their greed and ineptitude   Gavin Stamp, who has died aged 69 after suffering from cancer,... +read

Globe and Mail: Bentway Brings Skating to Fort York

The Bentway's surprising success shows Torontonians are hungry for unconventional public spaces

Alex Bozikovic
Jan 09, 2018

Who would want to hang out under an expressway? Lots of Torontonians, apparently. The new public space known as the Bentway opened to the public this weekend, under the Gardiner, west of Bathurst Street. And despite the clawing cold, the figure-eight skating rink was packe... +read

Globe and Mail: Unceded-Canada's Indigenous Design and Venice Biennale

What Canada's entry at the next Venice Biennale really means

Alex Bozikovic
Jan 09, 2018

Bringing an Indigenous voice to the world's premier forum for architecture, Unceded could be a bold step in reconciliation – and a revolution in how we build  A rendering of the Unceded exhibition, which will be on display at the Venice Biennale in 2018.  HANDOUT... +read

TO Design Offsite Festival


Jan 09, 2018

Too many things to list, but if you are at all interested in design in all its forms, then take a look and sign up for some of the many events....and besides what could be better than being somewhere interesting INSIDE in January.... +read

Blackburn News: Future of U of Windsor Residence

Fate of Historic Windsor Home Debated by City Council

Mark Brown
Jan 08, 2018

Iona College on Sunset Ave. at the University of Windsor. (Photo courtesy of Google.ca/maps) The future of a west Windsor house is in the hands of City Council. Council is expected to discuss at its Monday night meeting a plan to designate the Iona College-Stuart MacDonald House on Sunset Ave as a... +read

When Historic Preservation Clashes with Housing Affordability

Dan Bertolet
Jan 04, 2018
Every city wrestles with the tension between preservation and evolution, the tricky balance between saving great old buildings and not freezing neighborhoods in amber. The tension is especially acute in any metro area that lacks enough homes for all the people who want to live there. Historic preser... +read

Globe and Mail Opinion: The Need for a Canadian Architecture Policy

Canadian architecture needs the support of a national policy

Toon Dreesen
Jan 04, 2018
Toon Dreesen, former OAA President
Toon Dreesen, former OAA President
An architecture policy sets an aspirational goal for what we value about the built environment, and helps create a framework for that contribution to culture. The Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) is actively consulting with the government on the establishment of a provincial ... +read

National Preservation Trust: Researching your House

How to Research Your House's History: Part Two

Meghan White
Jan 04, 2018
In Ontario, the source is Goad's Atlases, often held in the public library, Ontario Archives or Western University Archives
In Ontario, the source is Goad's Atlases, often held in the public library, Ontario Archives or Western University Archives
Part of living in an old house is being lucky enough to live in a place that was witness to dozens of lives. But if you don't know its history, where can you start? A while back, we brought you 10 tips to tackle your historic house's history. This was a great introduction into what kind... +read

Historica Canada Minute on Kensington Market

Kensington Market Heritage Minute launch

Historica
Oct 24, 2017
Baldwin Street, Catherine Nasmith
Baldwin Street, Catherine Nasmith
An interesting animated video on the evolution of Kensington Market, home to me and Built Heritage News.... +read

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