TORONTO — The winners of the 2017 Heritage Toronto Awards, recognizing extraordinary contributions to the conservation and celebration of Toronto’s heritage, were announced during a ceremony hosted by award-winning journalist Christopher Hume late last month.
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Toronto Branch, received the Historical Writing: Book Award for its built heritage advocacy, empowering communities to protect their past and plan for the future.
The Historical Writing: Short Publications Award was presented to Soils and Subways: Excavating Environments during the Building of Rapid Transit in Toronto, 1944-1968, a book chapter about the excavation of Toronto’s early subway lines and its impact on the city’s landscape. The author is Jay Young and the publication is Moving Natures: Mobility and Environment in Canadian History.
Picturing Toronto: Photography and the Making of a Modern City, a tribute to the power of the image, demonstrating how early 20th century photographers influenced the development of modern Toronto, took home the Historical Writing: Book Award. The author is Sarah Bassnett and the publisher is McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Two Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Awards were also presented. Glenview Presbyterian Church won the award for embracing the accessibility needs of its community while caring for a heritage building. The building owner is the Trustees of Glenview Presbyterian Church and the architect of record is Harrison Duong Architects Incorporated (formerly Janet L. Harrison, Architect). The design architect is Davidson Langley Incorporated Architects.
The other Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Award recipient was the St. Michael’s Cathedral, for the "masterful restoration of its Cathedral Nave and East Chancel window," and taking a balanced approach to meet the current needs of the church and its parishioners, a release reads. The building owner is the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto and the architectural firm is +VG Architects. The craftspeople are Clifford Restoration Limited.
The Community Heritage Award was presented to the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the largest organization of its kind, acquiring, preserving, and providing public access to information on the LGBTQ2+ experience in Canada, states the release.
The Public History Award was presented to 50 Objects that Define Toronto, a five-part TV series highlighting everyday objects that played a role at significant historical moments, and which speak to Toronto’s unknown and unique stories. The creator is Matthew Blackett, Spacing and the producer is Ian Daffern, Bell Media.
At the ceremony, the Heritage Toronto board also presented a Special Achievement Award to community advocate and author Arlene Chan for her lifetime commitment to documenting and sharing the Chinese Canadian experience in Toronto; and a Volunteer Service Award to Wilf Neidhardt for his 17-year contribution to Heritage Toronto’s work, in particular the Historical Plaques Program.