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ACO Awards: An Evening at the Stunning Junction Craft Brewery
Catherine Nasmith | October 6, 2018

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From Issue No. 271 | October 8, 2018

As chair of ACO's Awards Committee, I couldn't be prouder of the nominations we received and the chance to celebrate so much amazing work going on across Ontario. We're celebrating in an amazing new venue, The Junction Craft Brewery

Tickets still available

Awards Night is almost here!

It's an exciting year for the ACO Heritage Awards. We received 30 excellent nominations (more than ever before). We've chosen a new venue that's an excellent example of adaptive reuse of a previously neglected heritage building (with special tours by the building's owner), we'll have CBC national reporter Philip Lee-Shanok as our MC, and we're not telling you who the winners are before awards night, with two exceptions (stay tuned for another email, we'll be announcing two of our winners on Monday).

Why the changes? We wanted to make the awards more accessible (with a much lower ticket price), we wanted to explore a new historic building, and we wanted to celebrate all of the great work that's being done across the province. We hope you feel as excited about the awards as we are! They will be presented at an awards party and ceremony at Junction Craft Brewing in Toronto (formerly the Symes Road Destructor, built 1934) on Thursday October 11. You can click on the image below or BUY TICKETS HERE.

and the 2018 Award Nominees are...

A.K. Sculthorpe Award for Advocacy Nominees:

Kathy Gastle & The Heritage Foundation of Halton Hills, Halton Hills
For their ongoing commitment to heritage preservation, fundraising, and raising public awareness of heritage issues to support heritage projects in Halton Hills


Michael Kirkland, Toronto
For helping decision makers in the City of Toronto understand the importance of Upper Canada's First Parliament Buildings (1798) and create a meaningful plan for the site that would acknowledge its history

The Working Centre (founders Joe & Stephanie Mancini), Kitchener
For giving new life to eight heritage buildings in downtown Kitchener, demonstrating to the local community that it’s possible to have adaptive reuse without gentrification

Margaret Zeidler and the tenants of 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
For leading an important advocacy project to have a new property tax class created for creative hubs (the new Creative Co-Location Facilities tax class)

ACO Media Award

Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer (Coach House Books)
For chronicling the fascinating history of gay and lesbian life in Toronto in a one of a kind historical record

Simon Brothers and Dean Robinson, Stratford
For creating the documentary film GRAND TRUNK, A City Built on Steam, Stratford, Ontario, raising awareness of the importance of Stratford's huge locomotive repair shops (1907-09) to the city's history

Edward Butts, Guelph
For writing 30+ books that share and encourage a love of history and heritage, including many for young readers, and for bringing local history to life with his engaging columns in the Guelph Mercury

Jeff Fournier, North Bay
For his successful effort to save the the Dionne Quintuplets’ birth home and artefacts through extensive lobbying, fundraising, and using social media to attract the attention and support of thousands worldwide

Katherine Taylor, Toronto 
For her blog One Gal’s Toronto: Unearthing the stories of the city’s forgotten people and places, full of  engaging stories of Toronto's built and cultural heritage meticulously researched and shared

ACO Toronto's TOBuilt
For creating a significant heritage resource through its crowd-sourced database of buildings and structures in Toronto, establishing a precedent for a province-wide architectural database

The Ward Uncovered: The Archaeology of Everyday Life (Coach House Books)
For bringing to life a neighbourhood that was long ago erased from contemporary Toronto and aiming to recover The Ward’s place within Toronto’s history

ACO NextGen Award

Sampoorna Bhattacharya, Richmond Hill/Ottawa
For her volunteer leadership and her commitment to the study and application of heritage conservation, not only for its historical value, but for the future sustainability of the planet

Eric Arthur Lifetime Achievement Award

Janet Hunten, London
For her contributions to the heritage sector in London over more than 40 years, both professionally and as a volunteer. At age 90, she is still involved and a great asset to the City of London and the wider heritage community.

James D. Strachan Award for Craftsmanship

Eve Guinan, Eve Guinan Design & Restoration, Toronto
For her extensive body of work restoring stained glass windows since 1985, including churches, cathedrals, museums, historic homes and parliamentary buildings, and her contributions to the conservation of stained glass in Ontario

Spire Restoration at Ste. Anne Church, Tecumseh
For demonstrating excellent restoration practices and overcoming great challenges to undertake a precise, technically difficult restoration of a significant community landmark

Margaret and Nicholas Hill Cultural Heritage Landscape Award

Belle Vue Conservancy, Amherstburg
For its tireless work to save a historic at-risk property and persuade the local community to see its potential, resulting in this beautiful local landmark being restored to become an event space and garden for public use

The Friends of Allan Gardens: Refresh, Toronto
For creating a bold and holistic Vision document that examines whether Allan Gardens is evolving in a way that honours its rich cultural heritage, and contributes to the livability and inclusivity of 21st century Toronto

Leaside Matters, Toronto
For undertaking several well-organized and well-publicized projects that bring Toronto into better touch with Leaside as a cultural landscape with a unique history and sense of place

The Palmerston Railway Museum and the Palmerston Lions Heritage Park, Palmerston
For restoring Palmerston's 1871 train station and developing the Heritage Park, while including numerous local volunteers to bring the historic site to its Grand Trunk-era glory

Mary Millard Award for Special Contributions

Phillip H. Carter, Architect and Planner, Toronto
For his decades working in support of built heritage, his leadership in the Port Hope branch of ACO and Port Hope LACAC over several years, his work on many heritage publications, and his work to to help preserve small towns

Stephanie Mah, Toronto
For her enormous contributions to ACO in several roles while still in the early years of her career. Stephanie has assisted with ACO's branding, graphic design and photography, social media and outreach, and has demonstrated exceptional volunteer leadership.

Paul Oberman Award for Adaptive Reuse (Corporate)

Core Urban Inc., Hamilton 
For its exemplary commercial adaptive re-use projects in Hamilton, including The Empire Times (2014), The Textile Building (2016), Templar Flats (2017), and The Alley (occupancy fall 2018), in which original features such as wood floors, tin ceiling, and three ceiling domes have all been carefully restored.

Junction Craft Brewery and PLANT Architect Inc. - Junction Craft Brewery in the Symes Road Destructor, Toronto
For the impressive adaptive reuse of a venerable heritage building by a business. They retained the stunning Art Deco design and industrial character of the site, while repurposing it to feature a technically demanding manufacturing system and a polished business venture.

One Spadina Crescent / The Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Toronto
For establishing a new gateway to the University of Toronto campus at one of Toronto's most prominent and historic addresses. The recent renewal of the south-facing 19th century Gothic Revival building and contemporary addition is a showcase for the city and an international focal point for education, research, and outreach on architecture, art, and the future of cities.

Paul Oberman Award for Adaptive Reuse (Small Scale/Individual/Small Business)

Schmaltz Appetizing (owners Robert Wilder and Anthony Rose), Toronto 
For setting an exceptional example of a small business respecting an existing historic commercial building and re-imagining it in a creative way to suit a new use, brilliantly blending old and new and maintaining its heritage despite having no obligations to do so.

Peter Stokes Restoration Award (Corporate)

The Opinicon (owner Fiona McKean), Elgin
For bringing an abandoned fishing resort (built 1870 and 1901) back to life and in doing so, revitalizing a community. Owner Fiona McKean redeveloped the resort through sheer guts, the skills and tenacity of local talent, and the hopes and dreams of thousands of past and current guests. McKean took great care to incorporate heritage aspects, the desires of the community, and the sustainability of the business to ensure that the cultural heritage embodied in the sprawling grounds was preserved.

Tyrcathlen Partners (owners Kirk Roberts and Peregrine Wood) for The Petrie Building, Guelph
For their restoration of a unique 1882 building with a highly ornamented, stamped-zinc facade, at enormous cost and effort, bringing a dilapidated treasure back to life. The New Petrie Building joins Tyrcathlen's earlier projects, the Granary Building and Boarding House Arts, as excellent examples of how innovative partnerships and solutions save heritage buildings and transform their use.

Peter Stokes Restoration Award (Small Scale/Individual/Small Business)

Tom Plue, Sky-High Historical Restoration & Consulting, Roseneath
For restoring the cupola on 100 University Avenue East in Cobourg, a building of architectural and historical significance. Despite rotted historic elements and animal infestation due to neglect, Plue restored the cupola using creative methods to solve problems caused by a lack of maintenance that would normally lead to the loss of original elements.

Andrew Pruss, ERA Architects, Toronto
For the rehabilitation of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts' cantilevered canopy, located above the entrance to the theatre. This involved the removal of new additions and a return to the aesthetic of the original 1960 design, while updating the lighting to contemporary standards. The project was completed in February of 2018.

John Rutledge Architect (Blyth, ON) for Benmiller Community Hall, Goderich
For rehabilitating local public school Benmiller S.S. No. 2 (built 1880), providing barrier-free accessibility  and needed upgrades to outdated facilities. The refurbished Benmiller Hall (which reopened in 2017) sympathetically balances new and old to create contextual harmony for continued community use.

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