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Preservation and Protection of Historic Places in Canada

Preservation and Protection of Historic Places in Canada

Sign the petition at the National Trust for Canada Website, see text and be ready to respond to the Committee of the Environment Report when it emerges during the last week of November. +read

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Preservation and Protection of Historic Places in Canada

National Trust for Canada
Nov 20, 2017

#ChangeTheGame4Heritage – You are invited The next few weeks are critical ones for the heritage sector. In late November, the Environment Committee is expected to report back to Parliament on Bill C-323 – An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Rehabilitation of Historic Property) and also ... +read

ACO Toronto wins Community Heritage Award, People's Choice

Catherine Nasmith
Nov 03, 2017
ACOToronto gets Community Heritage Award at Heritage Toronto Awards, October 25
ACOToronto gets Community Heritage Award at Heritage Toronto Awards, October 25
If you will forgive me tooting my own horn a bit, I am very proud that ACO Toronto Branch (I am President) was awarded the Heritage Toronto Community Heritage Award on Monday night. It was awarded to us by popular vote of Heritage Toronto members so means a lot to our small committee. We, like many ... +read

BOOK REVIEW: Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel

Catherine Nasmith
Oct 26, 2017

Chelsea Vowel is Metis, a lawyer who writes with an amusingly clear and sharp tongue. Part of my summer reading was her recent book, Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Metis and Inuit Issues in Canada, which I highly recommend for anyone trying to gain an understanding of what it is to be ... +read

York Square and Yorkville Summer of Love Video

Ibrahim Khider
Oct 25, 2017
ACO Toronto at York Square Event, September 2017, photo Vik Pahwa
ACO Toronto at York Square Event, September 2017, photo Vik Pahwa
On September 12 ACO Toronto held a party for people to revisit York Square, to celebrate this important landmark Toronto project by Diamond and Myers, whose future remains uncertain. The pic above was taken at the event, with Gee Chung, Janet Walters, Matthew Zambri, Penina Coopersmith, and Catherin... +read

Chicago Tribune: The Architecture of Real Life

In defense of the patched-up, added-on, built up architecture of real life

Ron Grossman
Nov 23, 2017

  The day I dropped out of architecture school, l walked through one neighborhood after another. It was my habit to take my quandaries and conflicts to Chicago’s streets, and this was a biggie. The architecture career choice wasn’t mine. The only family member regularly ... +read

Globe and Mail: Losing Buildings in Toronto

Which Toronto buildings deserve heritage protection?

Alex Bozikovic
Nov 20, 2017
Unprotected Robinson Cottages, At Risk
Unprotected Robinson Cottages, At Risk
  The Garrison Common Cottages, also known as the Robinson Cottages, are one-storey houses southeast of Trinity Bellwoods Park. They predate Confederation, lack heritage protection and some have been demolished recently. The house at 40 Mitchell Ave., righ... +read

Globe and Mail: Expensive Steak at Toronto's Casa Loma

Casa Loma's BlueBlood revitalization

John Semley
Nov 20, 2017

The new high-end steakhouse offers a dining experience its owners hope both tourists and Torontonians can appreciate In 2014, Liberty Entertainment Group was awarded a 20-year-lease to take over operations of Casa Loma. One of the objectives of the newly opened restaurant, B... +read

Globe and Mail: Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

Hiding in plain sight

Dave LeBlanc
Nov 20, 2017
Daniels Graduate Studio, spectacular roof
Daniels Graduate Studio, spectacular roof
  The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at Knox College, part of the University of Toronto. The original Knox College portion is on the left, facing south down Spadina Avenue.  "Have you seen the new faculty of architectu... +read

W.BEZ: Johnson Publishing Building, Chicago

The Fading Extravagance Of The Johnson Publishing Building

Lakeidra Chavis, forwarded by Tamara Anson-Cartwright
Nov 20, 2017

Andrew Gill/WBEZ For more than 40 years, the Johnson Publishing building was home to Ebony and Jetmagazines, important cultural institutions that chronicled black success in America. The 11-story building now sits vacant on Michigan Avenue in the South Loop aft... +read

Toronto Star: Severance or Weston HCD?

A Weston homeowner wants to split his large lot and build two houses. Many of his neighbours want to stop him

Alex Mckeen
Nov 18, 2017
A development proposal to knock down an old house and put up two new ones is part of a larger conflict between heritage and intensification. Dave Bennett and Cherri Hurst are part of a group trying to broaden the boundaries of a Weston heritage conservation district, which places additional restrict... +read

PLACES: Benjamin Franklin College, Yale University for Sale

Tradition for sale

Belmont Freeman
Nov 16, 2017

With the 2016 refurbishing of the Beinecke Rare Book Library, Gordon Bunshafts translucent marble reliquary built in 1963, Yale completed a decade-long program of renovating the universitys collection of mid-20th century architectural masterpieces. Also last year the Yale Center for British Art  ... +read

The Guardian: Brutalist Housing goes to V&A

V&A acquires segment of Robin Hood Gardens council estate

Mark Brown
Nov 09, 2017

  East London council estate designed by Alison and Peter Smithson is considered an important example of brutalist architecture  The Robin Hood Gardens estate in Tower Hamlets, east London, was completed in 1972. Photograph: Victoria and Albert Museum ... +read

Canadian Architect: Knox College becomes Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

Turning Full Circle

Ken Greenberg
Nov 09, 2017

Established in 1890, University of Toronto’s architecture school—of which I am an alumnus—has migrated to several makeshift locations over the years before landing in a purpose-built building. It has finally found its permanent home as the new Daniels Faculty of Architectu... +read

InsideToronto: Exciting Future for 1300 Gerrard Street

'Exciting' future envisioned for unique east Toronto venue

Joanna Lavoie, Beach Mirror
Nov 09, 2017
Leslieville residents Robert Indrigo and Maria Karam recently became the sole owners of 1300 Gerrard St. E.   Plans are now in the works to transform a historic building at 1300 Gerrard St. E. into a community arts hub. - Joanna Lavoie/Photo  Despite a period of ... +read

Metro News: Bus Terminal Design Charrette

Young designers set to breathe new life into 87-year-old Bay St. coach bus terminal

Sarah-Joyce Battersby
Nov 09, 2017
When Mayor W. Stewart ceremoniously purchased the first ticket at Toronto's new coach terminal on Dec. 19, 1931, a throng of men in hats filled the waiting room. Attorney General W.H. Price was flanked by women in furs as he cut the silk ribbon to officially dispatch the first coach from the covered... +read

Spacing: The Little House in the Lawren Harris Painting

In search of the elusive Lawren Harris

Ellen Scheinberg and Jim Burant
Nov 09, 2017
It's in Yorkville, photo Spacing
It's in Yorkville, photo Spacing
In May 2016, a Lawren Harris painting entitled Toronto House was offered at auction, and purchased by a local art aficionado for $115,000. Produced around 1920, this charming, diminutive oil on panel, 10.5 x 14 inches in size, features vibrant colours. Details regarding the owner of... +read

Toronto Star: Opinion - Save the Salem Chapel

Preserving Salem Chapel, promoting a rarely told past: Mochama

Vicki Mochama
Nov 09, 2017

Uncovering the truth of what this country is and has been requires preserving the places that evoke our history. We cannot learn what we allow to be forgotten. Supporters of the historic Salem Chapel in St. Catharines have started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise $100,000 for ... +read

Arch Daily: Interesting infill on a very narrow site

HVB Complex / 23o5studio

Nov 09, 2017

Text description provided by the architects. A multi-functional facility was built on the site with a very small area of 3.95m x 15.15m and lost part of the planned area. Architecture - in this case - as a complex living body with many functions: office, shop, studio for rent, studio apartment ... +read

Globe and Mail: Junction Destructor lives again

Industrial art deco repurposed

Dave LeBlanc
Nov 08, 2017

The renovated building at 150 Symes Rd. retains much of its original rough charm.  Although 99 per cent of guests will never see it, there's a wonderful "tell" in the catering kitchen of Toronto's newest event space, the Symes, at 150 Symes Rd. in Toronto's ascending, ... +read

BlogTO: Future for Ten Editions Bookstore

Toronto Can't Decide if it Should Demolish Bookstore for Student Residence

Lauren O'Neill
Nov 03, 2017
photo Catherine Nasmith
photo Catherine Nasmith
The University of Toronto will not go down quietly in its fight to tear down a 132-year-old retail store for a new high rise residence.  Currently home to Ten Editions bookstore, the building at 698 Spadina was first opened in 1885 as the John James Funston grocery sto... +read

Broadway World: Recognition for National Arts Centre Alterations

Diamond Schmitt Architects Receives Jury's Choice Award for Arts Centre Rejuvination

Nov 03, 2017
National Arts Centre, Diamond Schmitt Architects
National Arts Centre, Diamond Schmitt Architects
 The National Arts Centre rejuvenation in Ottawa received the Jury's Choice Award at the premier event in Ontario dedicated T. Wood design and construction last night.  The expansion of Canada's foremost performing arts centre designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects w... +read

Citytv: Group to Save Garrison (Robinson) Cottages

Neighbourhood group hopes to save Toronto's Garrison Common cottages

Nov 02, 2017
Robinson Cottage
Robinson Cottage
A neighbourhood group is rushing to save a cluster of 160-year-old downtown homes that are in danger of being knocked down. Two properties on Mitchell Avenue, a short walk from historic Fort York, have been sold. They’re some of the few remaining Garrison Common cottages, also know... +read

Toronto Star: Supreme Court Rules Against BC First Nation Desire to Protect a Place of Indigenous Cultural Value

Supreme Court approves B.C. ski resort development on Indigenous lands

Tonda MacCharles
Nov 02, 2017
In a landmark decision on how courts should protect not only Indigenous religious beliefs, but all religious belief, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that a British Columbia First Nation, the Ktunaxa people, could not block the development of a ski resort in the Jumbo Valley. ... +read

Globe and Mail: Property Tax Reform for Small Business (Main Street0

Toronto eyes new tax class that could spell relief for small businesses

Cailynn Klingbeil
Nov 02, 2017
: Frédéric Geisweiller, owner of Le Sélect Bistro in downtown Toronto, says he may be forced to sell the property to a developer if the city doesn’t address soaring tax bills. The City of Toronto is exploring the idea of creating a new pro... +read

CBC Hamilton: St. Catharines Early Black Church in Jeopardy

Harriet Tubman's former church is in dire need of repairs

Samantha Craggs
Oct 31, 2017
Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman is shown in a photograph dating from 1860-75. Tubman was born into slavery, but escaped to Philadelphia in 1849. She lived in Niagara around 1851 to 1861, among other places. Now a church she helped build is in dire need of repair. (Library of Congress/Associated Press)  ... +read

CBC News: Kensington Market Heritage Minute

New Heritage Minute features Toronto's Kensington Market

Ron Charles
Oct 25, 2017
Goldlist Poultry, Tom's Place is in the same building now, owner Tom Mihalik narrates the minute.
Goldlist Poultry, Tom's Place is in the same building now, owner Tom Mihalik narrates the minute.
Toronto's Kensington Market, a neighbourhood built by successive waves of newcomers, now has its own Heritage Minute. The latest Heritage Minute is unlike any of the 87 previous ones  there are no period costumes or actors playing central figures in Canadian history. Inst... +read

BlogTO: Don Mills and Eglinton Reboot

Giant Development Coming to North of the Ontario Science Centre

Lauren O'Neill
Oct 25, 2017

New renderings have emerged of a massive planned community near Eglinton and Don Mills Road, giving us further insight this week into how the Crosstown LRT could eventually transform the City of Toronto. Called "Wynford Green," the 60-acre development is slated for the site where IBM Canada origina... +read

BlogTO: WE Headquarters at Queen and Parliament in Toronto

This Might be Toronto's Nicest Office Space

Liz Power
Oct 25, 2017
  This might be Toronto's nicest new office space   Queen and Parliament just got a whole lot more exciting with the opening of the beautiful new WE headquarters at the southwest corner of the intersection. The buildi... +read

NOW: Toronto Dominion Center

The Toronto-Dominion Centre 50 years later:

Pauline Berkowitz
Oct 25, 2017

How Mies van der Rohe's creation remains a declaration of grandeur and an optimistic statement of Toronto’s arrival on the world stage. Strong and dominating in their scale, simple, modern and elegant in their design, they soared over a confused mixture of small, classical structures bene... +read

Historica Canada Minute on Kensington Market

Kensington Market Heritage Minute launch

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

Honeycat Productions: Welland celebrates its Heritage sites with a new film

Welland's 27 Designated Properties celebrated on film

Diana Williamson
Oct 01, 2017
The Welland Heritage Advisory Committee commissioned a film to celebrate the owners of the 27 "designated heritage" properties. A gala presentation was held at City Hall on Thursday, Sept 28, with the mayor Frank Campion and other dignitaries in attendance. The Welland Heritage Advisory Planning C... +read

Values and Visions in Public Schooling: Designs for Learning
November 28, 2017
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