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Willowbank Visits Buckingham Palace

Press Release
May 21, 2018
Willowbank is pleased to announce it will be visiting the United Kingdom from May 20-23, 2018. The highlight is an invitation to Buckingham Palace for a reception celebrating the work of organizations under the Patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, a leader in the sustainable regenera... +read

Willowbank Announces Scholarship Program

Press Release
May 21, 2018
 May 7, 2018 . . . Canada’s School of Restoration Arts at Willowbank is pleased to announce first-ever entrance scholarships for incoming students.  Newly established scholarships, sustained by a generous three-year funding commitment from the Dalglish Family Foundation, will suppor... +read

The Ward Cabaret - Performances June 20-22

John Lorinc
May 21, 2018
Performance at Lula Lounge, 2017
Performance at Lula Lounge, 2017
 For well over a century, St. John’s Ward, a.k.a., “The Ward,” was a working-class enclave in downtown Toronto, situated between Yonge and University, Queen and College. From the 1840s to the 1950s, this community became synonymous with immigration, poverty, vice and squalor. ... +read

ACO Toronto Schools at Risk Symposium - On You Tube

Catherine Nasmith
May 20, 2018
Rust chewing through the steel at Lord Lansdowne Public School, Peter Pennington Architect
Rust chewing through the steel at Lord Lansdowne Public School, Peter Pennington Architect
For almost ten years, Architectural Conservancy Ontario has been expressing concern about the way the provincial school funding formula puts school buildings at risk, leading to premature demolition of buildings which have cultural significance no matter how you measure it. Some are great architectu... +read

ACO Launches Questions for MPP Candidates

Catherine Nasmith
May 19, 2018

Architectural Conservancy Ontario has released a set of questions for provincial election candidates. They cover five topics: financial incentives for heritage, conserving our school heritage, heritage as an environmental priority for public sector buildings, energy efficiency incentives for heritag... +read

University of Alberta-Indigenous Canada-Free Online Course

Paul Gareau, Tracy Bear
May 08, 2018

A free online course you can take, if you want it for academic credit then there are some charges. Apparently over 60,000 Canadians are already signed up. It is very affordable and the sylabus looks great. I would encourage all BHN subscribers to enroll. As subscribers will be aware, over the past ... +read

Globe and Mail: Leaside Photo Exhibition

When Toronto's upscale Leaside was a company town

Dave Le Blanc
May 25, 2018

Mister Company Man on the Company landStands every street and building in the townEvery park, every green, every home and dreamThe Company owns every piece of groundAnd everybody in the Company TownCompany Town by The Men They Couldn’t Hang, 1989 Examples of 'company town' houses at 121-123 ... +read

Architecture Daily: Top Five Refurbishment Projects

Meet the Three Winners of the 2018 ArchDaily Refurbishment in Architecture Award

Diego Hernández
May 23, 2018

The polls are closed and the votes are in! With nearly 15,000 votes cast over the last three weeks, we are ready to unveil the winners of ArchDaily's inaugural Refurbishment in Architecture Awards. This crowdsourced architecture award, developed in partnership with MINI Clubman, showcases the best r... +read

Toronto Star: Remembrances of Stephen Otto

Stephen Otto was a champion of Toronto

Shawn Micallef
May 21, 2018
Stephen Otto on Queen Street West
Stephen Otto on Queen Street West
Stephen Otto was a champion of Torontos history By SHAWN MICALLEFStar Columnist Fri., May 11, 2018   One of the great joys and privileges of living and working in this city has been meeting and learning from people whove long tried ... +read

Toronto Star: Say Goodbye to Terra Cotta House, 20 Jerome Street

Historic 113-year-old terracotta-tiled home in west end to be demolished

Vjosa Isai
May 21, 2018

A terracotta-tiled home nestled on Jerome St. in the west end has stood 113 years. But the decades are catching up to it. In what city staff are calling a rare situation, the heritage-registered property is slated be demolished.    The building is not structurally sound. If you... +read

City Lab: Post Modernist Landmarks added to British Inventory

Britain Wants to Protect Its Postmodernist Architecture

Fears O'Sullivan, forwarded by Geoff Kettel
May 21, 2018

Following an announcement by Historic England, 17 buildings, the youngest of which was designed in 1991, will be preserved. It’s not hard to see why the newly listed buildings caught conservationists’ eyes. How old does a building have to be before it is deemed a historic monume... +read

Globe and Mail: University Avenue Toronto Bank of Canada Proposal

Leave Torontos old Bank of Canada building alone

Alex Bozikovic
May 15, 2018

  y Architectural firm IBI Group proposed the development of a 44-storey condo building, rendered above, to be built on top of the award-winning former Bank of Canada building at 250 University Ave. CALIN CALIMAN/IBI GROUP Imagine a building designed by an awar... +read

Toronto Star: Death of Will Alsop, 70

Will Alsop, 70: British architect

Christopher Hume
May 15, 2018
  Will Alsop, the bad boy of British architecture, had a special relationship with Toronto. Will Alsop’s Pioneer Village station brings some enjoyment to the banalities of the daily commute, writes Christopher Hume.  (STEVE RUSSELL / TOR... +read

Globe and Mail: Obituary Stephen A Otto

Historical conservationist Stephen Otto mounted a victorious defence of Fort York

John Lorinc and Alex Bozikovic
Apr 30, 2018

In September, 1994, Toronto council was poised to approve a massive development proposal that would put thousands of apartments onto a tract of industrial land snaking along the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard from Bathurst Street to Strachan Ave. That real estate, in the shadow of the Ga... +read

Raise the Hammer: Steve Otto writes on Frederick James Rastrick

Frederick James Rastrick and the Changing Face of Hamilton in the 1850s

Stephen A Otto, Feb 26, 2007, forwarded by Rob Hamilton
Apr 30, 2018
Frederick Rastrick designed some of the most iconic buildings of mid-19th century Hamilton. Fig. 1: Portrait of Rastrick as an older man [TPL, The Canadian Album: Men of Canada (1891)] Frederick Rastrick was born in August, 1819, in the Staffordshire town of West Bromwich, the third son of J... +read

BlogTO: Design Competition for George Brown College

Toronto is getting a Stunning new building made of wood

Lauren O'Neill
Mar 26, 2018
Entry by Shigeru Ban and Brook McIlroy
Entry by Shigeru Ban and Brook McIlroy
George Brown College is set to bring the first-ever "institutional tall wood building" to Toronto as part of its environmentally-friendly waterfront campus downtown. Called The Arbour, this structure will be the first and largest of its kind in Ontario at 12-storeys&n... +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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