OTTAWA – Eleven projects in conservation architecture, engineering, planning and craftsmanship and the teams that worked on them were presented with awards by the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals recently.
“Heritage conservation is climate action,” said Christienne Uchiyama, president of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, in a statement. “These awards celebrate heritage professionals’ efforts to rehabilitate, revitalize, and reuse existing buildings and spaces. The people who adapt and conserve existing buildings are playing a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change.”
Award-winning projects include:
Toronto: The team that restored and updated the Massey Hall entertainment venue during a seven-year revitalization project was presented an Award of Excellence in the Conservation – Architecture category.
A heritage planning team from the City of Toronto received an Award of Merit in the Planning and Documentation category for their work on the Danforth Avenue Planning Study, which surveyed all properties fronting Danforth Avenue between Coxwell Avenue and the Don River.
Calgary: Restoration of the Holy Angels School, built in 1919, won an Award of Excellence in the Conservation — Architecture category. The project involved restoring windows and shingles, repairing damaged brickwork, installing doors appropriate to the school’s era, revitalizing the entrance way, rehabilitating the cupola on the roof, improving roofing and rehabilitating mortar masonry.
Montreal: A team who restored the 130-year-old Windsor train station building, which has since transformed into an office building, were presented an Award of Merit in the Conservation — Architecture category. The restoration project team replaced 1,115 wood-framed windows, rebuilt the north tower, rehabilitated the masonry on all facades, and restored the ornaments on the south tower (copper roofing on turrets), including woodwork, doors, cast-iron frames and bronze hardware.
A team who developed a conservation plan for Parc Jean-Drapeau received an Award of Excellence in the Documentation and Planning category.
Regina: The Darke Hall, a 1929-built theatre and cultural venue, won an Award of Merit in the Conservation Architecture category. The hall served as a cultural hub at the University of Regina for more than 80 years and was revitalized by work that included extending the stage, renewing the slate roof, restoring stained glass windows, rebuilding a front staircase, returning decorative gold stencilled painting and making the building accessible.
Ottawa: Three years of rehabilitation and upgrading work on the century-old Ottawa New Edinburgh Club Boathouse won a team of heritage professionals an Award of Merit in the Conservation Engineering category. Restoration efforts, which were done on this building situated on an open body of water, included insulating the building to make it available for all-season use, restoring doors, replacing or repairing deteriorated siding and windows, improving accessibility and installing a lift.
Rehabilitation efforts of Roper House, home of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa offices, won an Award of Merit in the Small and Lovely category. Work included repairing and rehabilitating deteriorating masonry work, replacing roofing, upgrading windows and adjusting the entrance to be accessible.
Richmond Hill, Ont.: An Award of Excellence in the Conservation: Materials, Craftsmanship and Construction was awarded for restoration work on the 90-year-old David Dunlap Observatory and administration buildings. Work included addressing metal damage and rust caused by condensation moisture in the metal domes and installing working windows to prevent future issues.
Windsor, Ont.: A project to restore the exterior of a former County Courthouse, now an arts and event rental space, was presented an Award of Merit in the Conservation: Materials, Craftsmanship and Construction category. Restoration efforts at Mackenzie Hall focused on masonry and mortar work on the building’s stone walls.
Medicine Hat, Alta.: An Award of Excellence in the Small and Lovely category was presented for restoration work to conserve and move the 1912-built McKenzie Sharland Grocery in the city’s North Flats neighbourhood. It involved an eight-year restoration process to address flood damage from 2013 and to designate the building as a municipal heritage resource.
Five individual awards were also presented.
Lifetime Achievement Awards for contributions to heritage conservation were presented to architects Graeme Duffus of Halifax, Donald Luxton of Vancouver and the late Peter Stewart of Toronto.
Cynthia Aleman, a Quebec-city architect, was presented with an Emerging Heritage Professional Award. Ben Daub, a second-year Master of Arts in Planning student enrolled in the University of Waterloo, was recognized for his research into urban heritage conservation and the role stakeholder evaluations play in selecting various heritage interventions.