TORONTO — ERA Architects is the recipient of the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation for its work on the Casey House redevelopment project in Toronto.
The award highlights projects across the province that contribute to the conservation of a heritage building and the community enhancement it fosters, states a media release issued by ERA.
Casey House, on Jarvis Street in Toronto, has been redeveloped as an AIDS/HIV health care facility that integrates the historic building with a new four-storey extension.
“The design of the contemporary facility juxtaposed against the Victorian mansion is a distinct but complementary addition by Hariri Pontarini,” the relates states.
“It embraces and respects the existing building, preserving its qualities and organizing the day-to-day user experience. Throughout the project, the architects considered how to manifest unifying themes from the AIDS movement such as ‘embrace’ and ‘quilt’ by working the design concept from the inside out.”
While the goal was to retain and conserve the heritage of the building, deteriorated elements needed to be replaced.
“The preservation of the exterior was extensive, including the removal of paint from the masonry, repointing of brickwork, the replacement of stone bands, the fabrication and installation of new window boxes, and new lead-coated copper spiralettes on the roof,” states the release.
“The iron fence was repaired and repainted, and the wall it sits on was cleaned, re-pointed, and any deteriorated stone replaced. The interior preservation included the repair and repainting of the plasterwork, the development of the colour scheme, preservation of the fireplaces, and repair of the mosaic flooring in the vestibule. The woodwork was repaired and refinished, and the timber flooring repaired and re-stained.”
ERA’s project team included Michael McClelland, Edwin Rowse, Scott Weir, Jessie Grebenc, Joey Giaimo, Luke Denison and Mikael Sydor.