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“Bridging The Past, Crossing Into the Future"
May 23, 2014 to May 25, 2014
It’s coming! Register now for the 2014 Ontario Heritage Conference – this year in Cornwall, Ontario, From May 23 to May 25. The theme for this year’s conference is “Bridging The Past, Crossing Into the Future". Save by registering early. The Early Bird fee is in effect until March 23.

This mid-1800’s Regency style 1 1/2 storey cottage, with clapboard siding and a wrap around verandah, nestles beside the Nith River, and was owned by the Goldie family, the mill owners.

Heritage Cambridge House Tour 2014
Tour historic properties in Ayr, Brown, Greenfield and Roseville
May 3, 2014
Heritage Cambridge is showcasing a variety of building styles and methods from the 1800’s. Tour a Victorian farmhouse; mill owner’s Regency-style clapboard cottage; a stone farmhouse; a Salt Box style mill manager’s house and a log house. Many points of interest along the way. Tour is Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets $20 now available.

TOM CRUICKSHANK TO SPEAK ON OLD ONTARIO HOMES, at Castle Kilbride, Baden, April 23, 2014
April 23, 2014
TOM CRUICKSHANK WILL BE SPEAKING ON THE TOPIC "OLD ONTARIO HOMES" AT A MEETING JOINTLY SPONSORED BY NORTH WATERLOO REGION BRANCH -ACO AND HERITAGE WILMOT. WEDNESDAY APRIL 23 Complimentary Tour of Castle Kilbride 6:30 to 7:15 pm Program starts at 7:15 pm PLACE: CASTLE KILBRIDE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, 60 Snyder’s Road West., Baden, ON N3A 1A1. Come early and experience a self-guided tour. Due to limited seating registration is required. RSVP to aco.nwrb@gmail.com or phone 519-579-1275 Tom is well known as an authority on built heritage and early 19th and early 20th century architecture. Many of us will have copies of his books: Old Ontario Houses; Traditions In Local Architecture; Living the Country Dream; Port Hope: A Treasury of Early Homes, and so many more.


Nominate the person, group or project you think should be honoured.
It's that time of year when we look for nominations for our awards program! Who do you know that is doing great things for heritage? Who deserves to be honoured? The awards program is designed to honour preservation leaders and/or projects that are considered valuable on a provincial scale to the architectural conservation movement in Ontario. Deadline for submitting an application is July 31, 2014. The awards will be presented at our annual dinner in November.

80 for 80

80 for 80: Celebrating Eighty Years of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) is celebrating its 80th anniversary with the publication of a book, “80 for 80: Celebrating Eighty Years of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario”. The illustrated book documents eighty among the hundreds of buildings and structures across Ontario that ACO has had a hand in saving since it rescued one building, the Barnum House, in 1933. For more information on the book and how to order it, click on this item.

The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario met at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto on Friday, November 8th for its sixth annual awards presentation, the best awards ceremony yet.. This year awards were presented in ten categories. Please see the full item for details. A gallery will be posted shortly on the website and on our Facebook page.

Heritage Canada erroneously reported we support demolition - not true
We want to correct an error in the most recent issue of Heritage, the magazine published by the Heritage Canada Foundation. We do not support the recommendation of Hamilton's Municipal Heritage that the buildings be demolished.

Activists rally in front of threatened buildings

Heritage Committee's Recommendations Ignored
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario is calling upon the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport exercise his authority under the Ontario Heritage Act to block the demolition of streetwall along Hamilton's central Gore Park as buildings of provincial significance. Hamilton's Heritage Committee recommended that the buildings be protected under the Ontario Heritage Act but City Council has declined to do so. Click on this item for the full text of the press release. A pdf of our President's letter to the Minister is also attached.

Nine Awards Presented at Annual Gala November 2nd
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario met at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto on Friday, November 2nd for a celebration of excellence, its fifth annual awards presentation. This year nine awards were presented. Please see the full item for details. A gallery is posted on the site and on our Facebook page.

This document reports of the strategic plan that was developed in the spring of 2012

Goderich Church credit Sally888

Goderich Hit by Tornado: Help Us Help Them
Severe Damage to Heritage Buildings And District
A tornado hit Goderich, Ontario on Sunday August 21, 2011. There has been severe damage to the buildings. According to our sources the north side of town was hit the hardest, with about 60% of buildings affected, some of which have collapsed.

Queens Park

ACO Releases Computer Modelling of Visual Attack On Queens Park
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) is asking the Government of Ontario to put in place emergency legislation to protect the view of the silhouette of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (LAO) from development appearing in the background. Once emergency protection is established, the Province should work with the City of Toronto to further develop the legal framework needed at both levels of government to protect the dignity of Ontario’s most important ceremonial space.

Public Vistas of the Ontario Legislative Assembly in Jeopardy
“Tall Buildings, Inviting Change in Downtown” Needs More Work
Lloyd Alter, President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, says its back to the drawing board for proposed tall buildings policies for downtown Toronto. ”It looks like the proposed heights policies in the study have not been tested against at least one of the three critical views that the report so clearly states should be protected, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (LAO), We conclude that unless the recommendations are adjusted, the silhouette of the LAO building will be lost to future generations.”

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