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Fort York Visitor Centre: Worth the Wait

Catherine Nasmith
Sep 26, 2014

If you haven’t been yet, run don’t walk to look at the Fort York Visitor Centre. Dreamed about for over 30 years, since it was a gleam in the eye of the late George Waters, it is finally open. All that wishing and hoping and planning and dreaming has paid off with a spectacular, elegant... +read

Book Review: James Fitzgerald-What Disturbs our Blood

Catherine Nasmith
Sep 26, 2014

Your will never look at College Street between Bay and University in quite the same way after you read James Fitzgerald’s book, What Disturbs our Blood. James Fitzgerald is the grandson of Gerald Fitzgerald, after whom the Fitzgerald Medical Building at 150 College Street is named. The subjec... +read

Happy Back to "School" Day

Catherine Nasmith
Sep 02, 2014
Crossing the Finish Line after 600 km, Toronto to Montreal, August 1
Crossing the Finish Line after 600 km, Toronto to Montreal, August 1
Hi everyone,  Hope you had a great summer and are refreshed getting back to work, or school. I'm back at my desk in Windermere, where I have been working most of the summer, ready to go at it full bore. Summer projects included work here on our ice house, the last of our buildings to be resto... +read

Toronto Star: Opening of Aga Khan Museum Toronto

Aga Khan Museum a needed dose of civic ambition for Toronto

Christopher Hume
Sep 26, 2014

  Above all, the Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum are an act of faith, not just in religion but in Toronto. Of all the cities where these facilities, especially the museum, could have been located, the Ismailis chose this one. Not only did they construct their monuments in a forlorn site at... +read

Globe and Mail:Balancing Development Pressure on Yonge Street

Yonge Street developers are embracing time-worn storefronts

Dave LeBlanc
Sep 26, 2014

  The “official” Toronto double-decker sightseeing bus trundles up Yonge Street and sprouts a dozen camera-clutching limbs as it squeaks to a semi-halt near the Toronto Reference Library. A tinny voice announces, in rote fashion, the building’s function and architect, then pe... +read

Hamilton Spectator: Zeidler Family expands to Hamilton

New king at cotton castle on Sherman North

Paul Wilson
Sep 24, 2014

They say it took 1 ½ million bricks to build the factory that Imperial Cotton erected more than a century ago. That means the new owners of the mammoth mill on Sherman North paid about three dollars a brick. Rob Zeidler believes they got a good deal. It closed a few months ago for $4,750,000... +read

Christopher Moore's History News: Fort York Visitor Centre

Fort York visitor centre: one for the good guys

Christopher Moore
Sep 23, 2014

Went down last night to a celebration of the new Visitors' Centre at Fort York in Toronto. In Toronto where "cut taxes/starve services/bitch about lagging infrastructure" has been the dominant voice for decades, support for history and heritage still has a guerrilla, oppositional feeling to it. Actu... +read

Toronto Star: Donation of a Million Photos to Toronto Public Library

The Star donates more than one million archive photos to Toronto Public Library

Katelyn Verstraten
Sep 19, 2014

The Toronto Star is donating more than one million vintage photographs — the contents of the Star’s entire photo archive — to the Toronto Public Library. The images span the years 1900 to 1999, and offer a unique glimpse into how the city has changed and developed throughout the l... +read

Toronto Star: Fort York Visitor Centre Opens

Fort York visitor centre a welcome addition to Torontos heritage

Christopher Hume
Sep 17, 2014

: HumeNew facility, which opens Sept. 20, will bring new visibility to city's most significant historical site.Share on Facebook   What does a city do when its most important historical site is a hole in the ground? In the case of Toronto’s Fort York National Historic Site , the answer... +read

Stratford Beacon Herald: ACO Panel on Re-use of GTR Train Sheds

Heritage panel discussion focuses on potential for Cooper site

Mike Beitz
Sep 13, 2014

Heritage panel discussion focuses on potential for Cooper site 3 By Mike Beitz, The Beacon Herald Wednesday, September 10, 2014 4:31:32 EDT PM A panel of speakers including, from left, local author Dean Robinson, heritage consultant Thor Dingman, developer Alex Speig... +read

London Free Press: McCormick Factory Redevelopment

Woodstock company buys former McCormick

Norman DeBono
Sep 03, 2014

A new commercial and residential development is slated for an historic former candy and cookie factory in east London, Coun. Stephen Orser said Wednesday. The city of London sold the former McCormick’s factory building on Dundas St. E. for $1 to Sierra Construction of Woodstock, approving the... +read

London Free Press: Fanshawe College to Former Kingsmill Department Store

Fanshawe gets its cash, Matt Brown gets the credit

Patrick Maloney
Sep 03, 2014
Kingsmill Department Store, photo from London Free Press
Kingsmill Department Store, photo from London Free Press
The biggest winner in Tuesday night’s stunning decision by city council to help fund Fanshawe College’s plan to turn an empty department store into downtown classrooms may not be the core boosters who pushed hard for the project. It may be the tepid-until-now mayoral campaign of Matt Br... +read

London Free Press: McCormick Factory Re-development

City of London shopping around old McCormick factory

Chip Martin
Sep 03, 2014

Sweet deal City hall is looking for someone interested in picking up the old McCormick biscuit plant on Dundas St. and giving it a new use. A “request for expression of interest” from potential buyers was issued by the city last Thursday that could see council approve a new owner as ea... +read

Events
Recollections of a Neighbourhood
Tuesday 7 October
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Ravine Portal Exhibition
September 26- November 21
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Municipal Heritage Symposium
Saturday October 18, 2014
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Heritage Ottawa Walking Tour of Briarcliffe
Sunday, October 5
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Heritage Ottawa Walking Tour of Lindenlea
Sun., Sept. 28, 2014
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Architectural Conservancy of Ontario's 3rd Annual NextGen Design Charrette
Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Heritage Ottawa Walking Tour of Sandy Hill
Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Riverdale Historical Society September Event
Tuesday, September 30,2014
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