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October 21 in Waterloo, October 28 in Kitchener, and November 4 in Cambridge
October 21, 2014 to November 11, 2014
Heritage Real Estate Course: In April, ACO-NWR was approached by the KW Association of Realtors to help it set up a course on selling heritage real estate. ACO Past President Susan Ratcliffe, who organized a one-day Heritage Primer for realtors and heritage committee members in Chatham-Kent earlier this year, has helped ACO-NWR Executive Committee members Susan Burke and Kae Elgie adapt that content to local needs. Three Tuesday morning sessions are planned, for October 21 in Waterloo, October 28 in Kitchener and November 4 in Cambridge. Topics to be covered include: assessing heritage properties - traps and potential; municipal bylaws and the Ontario Heritage Act; insuring heritage properties; Waterloo Region architectural styles. Each seminar will be followed by an optional walking tour showcasing local architectural styles. Realtors will pay $35 per seminar or $75 for all three, and will receive 1 or 2 credits per session towards their continuing education needs . Any seats vacant after the September 30 registration deadline will be offered to ACO members at a special member's price. If you want to be notified about the opportunity to attend these sessions, please email aco.nwrb@gmail.com or telephone Kae Elgie, 519-635-8951.


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 August 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.

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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