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New Book: Planning Toronto, The Planners, the Plans, Their Legacies, 1940-80

Richard White, link forwarded by Stephen Otto
Feb 08, 2016
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If, as is commonly reported, actor Peter Ustinov described Toronto as "a kind of New York operated by the Swiss," what was he seeing? A metropolis born of successful civic planning or a jumbled kaleidoscope of differing visions and plans put in place over a time of unprecedented expansion? According... +read

ACO Celebrates Heritage Week Meeting with MPP's, February 18

Catherine Nasmith, ACO President
Feb 08, 2016

Architectural Conservancy Ontario delegates from across Ontario will be gathering at Queen's Park on February 18 to celebrate Heritage Week by meeting with our MPP"s. Our “Ask” follows on our submission drafted by Dan Schneider to the Culture Strategy process, posted in Culture Talks.&nb... +read

Former Baptist Church, Elora, Receives Protection by Heritage Designation

Beverley Cairns, ACO rep.for Twnshp of Wellington, Guelph/Wellington Branch
Jan 30, 2016
33 Henderson Street, Elora
33 Henderson Street, Elora
At the Council meeting of the Township of Centre Wellington, January 25, the simple red brick 1863 former Baptist Church at 33 Henderson Street, Elora, received heritage designation. This building has not served as a church since the 1880s, but its importance in maintaining the integrity of the cor... +read

Central Experimental Farm under Threat

Leslie Maitland, Past President, Heritage Ottawa
Jan 23, 2016
Photo via The Western Producer
Photo via The Western Producer
In November 2014, Minister John Baird announced that 60 acres of the Central Experimental Farm (CEF) would be allocated for a new campus for the Civic Hospital. No public consultation. The scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the heritage community found out when they opened the... +read

MessyNessy, Loss of the Cincinnati Public Library....in 1955

Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?

MessyNessy, forwarded by M. Zeidler (Thanks!)
Feb 08, 2016

The old Public library of Cincinnati was the sort of place you only see in a Harry Potter film; colossal cast-iron book alcoves and spiral staircases that went several stories high, checker board marble floors that shone beneath the skylight roof; a magnificent maze of books that is now lost forever... +read

BuzzBuzzhome: !5 Toronto Projects Giving New Life to Heritage Buildings in Toronto

Josh Sherman and James Bombales
Feb 08, 2016

There is much to lament in the loss of Toronto’s historic buildings. But there are also examples of architectural preservation to be found throughout the city, structures that have made their mark on the streetscape for a century or more, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.... +read

Torontoist: Thinking about Old City Hall-History In The Making

Why Old City Hall could be the perfect grounds for a civic museum

Erica Ngao
Feb 08, 2016

Karen Carter stepped into the courtyard of Old City Hall in awe. It was Nuit Blanche, eight years back. A cultural worker with a background in history, Carter, like many Torontonians, had seen only the outside of the building. Usually locked, the heavy iron gates guarding the courtyard entrance wer... +read

Globe and Mail: Asking for a New Future for Davisville Junior School

Architects want to save Davisville school from chopping block

Dave Le Blanc
Feb 08, 2016

Visual artists see potential before the rest of us. They look past the decay and work required to make a neighbourhood habitable and just go with it. A few decades later, the rest of the city agrees and claims the area. While architects are also artists, they don’t have the same influence. Of... +read

Dan Schneider Heritage Blog: Important Decision on Development Adjacent to Heritage

Adjacency and the OMB: New decision says the new must respect the old

Dan Schneider
Feb 08, 2016

Adjacency and the OMB: New decision says the new must respect the old   2015 ended with an important OMB decision on the question of adjacency — the impact of proposed development on adjacent heritage property.   But first, some background.  Ten years previous, a new cultu... +read

Annex Gleaner: Was Toronto's Harbord Street named for Edward Harbord?

Tireless English abolitionist, 3rd Lord Suffield

Annemarie Brissenden
Jan 31, 2016
Harbord Street may have been named for an early nineteenth-century advocate of parliamentary reform and tireless crusader to end slavery, says a past board member of the Harbord Village Residents Association. I started asking the question a few years ago, explains Wendy Smith. Ive lived in Har... +read

Canadian Architect: Reviews on Two Books on Toronto City Hall

Toronto

Aliki Economides
Jan 20, 2016

Competing Modernisms: Toronto’s New City Hall and Square By George T. Kapelos. Halifax: Dalhousie Architectural Press, 2015. Civic Symbol: Creating Toronto’s New City Hall, 1952-1966 By Christopher Armstrong. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015. Viljo Revell’s competitio... +read

CTV-House moving in Victoria BC

Heritage Homes trucked to Inner Harbour


Jan 20, 2016
Quite a sight from Victoria
Quite a sight from Victoria
Two heritage homes in Victoria floated to new homes....interesting footage. ... +read

Toronto Star: Head to Buffalo's Lafayette Hotel

Buffalos renovated Hotel @ The Lafayette offers experience a chain hotel cant match


Jan 19, 2016

BUFFALO-Some hotels are charming, some are modern and some have storied histories.  Few have all three, unless you’re talking about the Hotel @ the Lafayette where French Renaissance interior architecture, contemporary furnishings and a fascinating past combine to create a un... +read

Toronto Star: Cardiac deaths and High Rise Living

Cardiac arrests and highrises a deadly combination, Toronto study shows

Diana Zlomislic
Jan 19, 2016

 A new study examining 911 data in Peel Region and Toronto found survival was “negligible” for heart attack victims on the 16th floor or above. Cardiac arrests happen most often at home. Researchers knew that. What they didn’t know, until now, is this: If your home is a highr... +read

Events
Willowbank Centre Presents - Telling Heritage: A Lecture Series
MARCH 30TH, 2016
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Willowbank Centre Presents - Telling Heritage: A Lecture Series
MARCH 28TH, 2016
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Willowbank Centre Presents - Telling Heritage: A Lecture Series
MARCH 5TH, 2016
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Willowbank Centre Presents - Telling Heritage: A Lecture Series
MARCH 5TH, 2016
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Willowbank Centre Presents - Telling Heritage: A Lecture Series
FEBRUARY 21, 2016 ~ 5PM
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Willowbank Centre Presents - Telling Heritage: A Lecture Series
FEBRUARY 6, 2016
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ACO Celebrates Heritage Week at Queen's Park
February 18 2013
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