Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners at last night’s 39th annual Heritage Toronto Awards!

Gail Dexter Lord delivered the William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture. Focusing on “Building Heritage with Innovation,” Ms Lord looked at Jane Jacobs’ idea of “New ideas need old buildings” and how cities across the world have used heritage buildings to their advantage (including Toronto!).

Following her lively lecture, host Mary Ito announced the winners. The Award of Excellence is the highest award, followed by the Award of Merit, then Honourable Mention.

Special Achievement Award

Rollo Myers

Rollo Myers, image courtesy of Heritage Toronto

Rollo Myers is a man whom every Torontonian should know about. He received this year's Special Achievement Award. Rollo was a founder of Citizens for the Old Town, helped make Cabbagetown a Heritage Conservation District, has renovated four homes in Cabbagetown, has worked with the West Don Land Committee, the Friends of Fort York, and worked tirelessly to secure the First Parliament Lands as public land. He is currently the Manager of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. 

William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship

Award of Excellence

Victoria Lofts

Victoria Lofts, image courtesy of Rivet Developments

Victoria Lofts while in renovation, image courtesy of Rivet Developments

Victoria Lofts tower, image courtesy of Rivet Developments

Award of Merit

Maple Leaf Gardens

Honourable Mention

Dineen Building
St. Michael’s Cathedral

Book Category

Award of Excellence

Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular

Award of Merit

Vanguard of the New Age: The Toronto Theosophical Society, 1891 – 1945

Honourable Mention

College Street: A Study Part One, Loft Buildings on the South Side 1903-1915


Award of Merit

Curse of the Axe, Film

TXTilecity, Website & mobile app 

Honourable Mention

Uncle Bob and His Vietnamese Children, Online Video

Short Publication

Award of Excellence

Historicist: The Telegram Sets, The Sun Rises

Award of Merit

Historicist: The Manifest Destiny of North Toronto

Honourable Mention

Commemorating the Battle of York: The War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorative Booklet

Historical Walking Tour of North York Centre: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of North York Central Library, 1987-2012

Community Heritage

Award recipients

Cabbagetown Preservation Society

Friends of Guild Park & Gardens

Leaside 100 Committee

Real Canadian Portuguese Historical Museum

Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic evening for heritage and Toronto! For more background info, including some great photographs of the nominees, be sure to check out our extensive pre-event coverage of this year's awards in our three-part series which ran over the last couple of weeks: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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