Last night Heritage Toronto presented the 38th annual Heritage Toronto Awards at Koerner Hall, located within the Royal Conservatory of Music. The awards recognize and pay tribute to those who have in the past year contributed to the promotion of our city’s unique and diverse heritage. In tandem with the awards was the 16th annual William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture, presented by Chief Bryan LaForme of the Mississauga’s of the New Credit First Nation. 

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Award recipients were recognized across four categories: Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship, Book, Media, and Community Heritage. The emcee for the night, Mary Ito, presented the awards alongside Eve Lewis of Woodcliffe Landmark Properties, Geoff Grist of Brook Restoration and Alexandria Pike, Board Chair of Heritage Toronto.

Three projects were presented with Awards of Excellence within the The William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship category. The Canadian Stage Company Theatre, commissioned by the City of Toronto and designed by Taylor Hazell Architects, was noted for its adherence to the original building, in particular the custom molded bricks that were manufactured in England in order to accurately restore the structure.

CanStage Theatre at 26 Berkeley Street in TorontoCanStage Theatre at 26 Berkeley Street, image courtesy of Heritage Toronto

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, commissioned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and designed by Taylor Hazell Architects, also received an Award of Excellence. The renovation focused on the two-storey façade on Yonge Street, removing fiberglass that had been installed in earlier repairs and restoring the extensive terra cotta and plaster finishes.

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre in TorontoElgin and Winter Garden Theatre, image courtesy of Heritage Toronto

St. Clement’s Anglican Church, located just north of Yonge and Eglinton and designed by Davidson-Langley Inc. was presented with the third Award of Excellence within the category. The eight-building complex contains structures that span from the 1890s to 1950s, and was extensively renovated in order to accommodate community groups and restore the Old Parish Hall to its original design.

St. Clements Church in TorontoSt. Clements Church, image courtesy of Heritage Toronto

The James Cooper Mansion by Tridel with Goldsmith Borgal & Company received an Award of Merit, while the Hubbard Park Apartments by TCHC with Van Elslander Carter Architects received an Honourable Mention. The full list of winners can be found below. 

WILLIAM GREER ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATION AND CRAFTSMANSHIP CATEGORY

Awards of Excellence 

  • Canadian Stage Company Theatre: 26 Berkeley Street

Commissioned by: City of Toronto

Architect: Taylor Hazell Architects Ltd.

Crafts Persons/Contractors: Clifford Restoration Ltd.; Semple Gooder Roofing Corp.

  • Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre: 189 Yonge Street

Commissioned by: Ontario Heritage Trust

Architect: Taylor Hazell Architects

Crafts Persons/Contractors: Roof Tile Management Inc.: Boston Valley Terra Cotta

  • St. Clement's Anglican Church: 70 St. Clement's Avenue

Commissioned by: Rector and Wardens of St. Clement's Anglican Church

Architect: Davidson-Langley Incorporated Architects

Crafts Persons/Contractors: Compass Construction Resources Ltd.; Rouge River Woodworks; Robert McCausland Ltd.

Award of Merit

  • James Cooper Mansion: 582 Sherbourne Street

Commissioned by: Tridel Inc.

Heritage Architect: Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd.

Condominium Architect: Burka Architects

Crafts Persons/Contractors: Laurie McCulloch Building Moving; Clifford Restoration Ltd.

Honourable Mention

  • Hubbard Park Apartments: 42 Hubbard Boulevard

Commissioned by: Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Architect: Van Elslander Carter Architects Inc.

Crafts Persons/Contractors: Lisgar Construction Co.

BOOK CATEGORY

Award of Excellence

  • Just a Larger Family: Letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian Home Front, 1940-1944

Editors: Mary F. Williamson & Tom Sharp

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Award of Merit

  • Unbuilt Toronto 2: More of the City That Might Have Been

Author: Mark Osbaldeston

Published: Dundurn Press

  • Stanley Barracks: Toronto's Military Legacy

Author: Aldona Sendzikas

Publisher: Dundurn Press

Honourable Mention

  • Reshaping Toronto's Waterfront

Editors: Gene Desfor & Jennefer Laidley

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

MEDIA CATEGORY 

Award of Merit

  • Highrise–One Millionth Tower - Website

Author/Director: Katerina Cizek

Producer/Distributor: National Film Board of Canada

Honourable Mention

  • The Guild Inn – Save It! - Video

Author/Director: Michael Saunders

Producers: Michael Saunders and Douglas Wigle, in association with John Mason and Kevin Fraser

COMMUNITY HERITAGE CATEGORY 

  • West Toronto Junction Historical Society

Etobicoke-York Community Council Area