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History:
The central co-ordinating office is located in Toronto at 10 Adelaide St East. The provincial executive is assisted by a part time manager and is responsible for developing policy, internal communications, liaising with the provincial government, operating the website, expanding the network of branches, publications such as Acorn, and the PreservationWorks! service.

Contact:
   Will Coukell
   COO@arconserv.ca
   416 367 8075

 

President:
   Cathy Nasmith
   cnasmith@me.com
   416 598 4144

Buildings at Risk

Parkside School
Dundas Driving Park Road
Dundas...more

 

Heritage home, Newtonville
4502 Highway 2
Clarington...more

 

FOR SALE: OLD UNIONVILE FARMHOUSE
10 Station Lane, Unionville
Unionville...more

 

Thamesville Bridge, 1936
Victoria Road, Thamesville
Thamesville...more

 

Events

2017 Meeting Schedule for ACO Ontario
January 30, 2017 to December 30, 2017
Schedule of Executive and Council Meetings for 2017. Please open the attached pdf to see the full schedule. This document will be revised periodically as dates and locations are confirmed.

ACO Celebrates Heritage at Queen's Park
Visits with Ontario MPPs
February 27, 2017
Following on last year's successful meetings with 24 MPP's, once again Architectural Conservancy Ontario representatives will be at Queen's Park to talk about why, even with a stronger Ontario Heritage Act, we are still losing our heritage. This will be the third Heritage Week MPP Day when knowledgeable ACO members take time to approach parliamentarians at Queen’s Park with the purpose of reinforcing the importance of heritage to the province. This year’s visit will be held on February 27th, immediately after Heritage Week. Our volunteers are doing our part, but we could use some help plugging the policy and legislative loopholes that cost us important community landmarks.

News

2015 AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
ACO has announced the winners of the 2015 Awards. These awards honour preservation leaders, projects and initiatives that are worthy of provincial recognition for their contribution to architectural conservation in Ontario. The awards will be presented next week at our Annual Awards Dinner. We congratulate all of our award winners and look forward to seeing them at the dinner.

2016 Heritage Award Winners announced by Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
Eleven Awards to be Presented
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 ACO Provincial Heritage Awards, to be presented at the organization’s Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, November 4, at Osgoode Hall, Queen Street West and University Avenue.

ACO ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - REPORT TO MEMBERS
President Catherine Nasmith reports on the past year's activities
Architectural Conservancy Ontario held its 83rd Annual General Meeting at Gallery Stratford on May 15th, 2016, immediately following the 2016 Ontario Heritage Conference. Approximately sixty people attended. The past year was an extremely productive one and its highlights are outlined in Catherine's report to the AGM, attached to this posting.

ACO EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR BILL C-323
Bill establishes tax credits for rehabilitation of historic properties
ACO supports Private Member's Bill C-323, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Rehabilitation of Historic Property), which will receive second reading in the House of Commons on February 10. This bill will establish a tax credit for expenses related to the rehabilitation of a historic property. It also establishes a tax deduction for the capital cost of property used in the course of such a rehabilitation.

ACO Interventions to Protect, 2013-2015
by Richard Longley
Our Past President, Richard Longley, has prepared a summary of Interventions to Protect, undertakings to protect heritage buildings and cultural landscapes during the past two years by 25 of ACO's branches plus six interventions in places where ACO has no branch.

ACO IS SEEKING A TREASURER
VOLUNTEER COUNCIL (BOARD) POSITION
Do you have a financial background and a commitment to preserving our built heritage? ACO’s Council Executive currently seeks a qualified individual to join the Provincial Council (Board) and to assume the role of Treasurer of the organization.

ACO President Asks Hamilton Council to join in seeking Provincial Assistance to save the Gore
Deputation Below
Below is the text of ACO President, Catherine Nasmith's delegation to Hamilton Planning Committee

ACO Toronto Launches TOBuilt
Over 10,000 entries on Toronto Buildings
ACO Toronto Branch has re-launched TOBuilt at http://www.acotoronto.ca with 10,000 Toronto Properties listed. Any ACO Member can post or edit another's post there. We want YOU to share what you know about Toronto Buildings. The original database was developed by Robert Krawczyk but has since been augmented and made open source.

ACO Writes to the Honourable Eleanor McMahon to Save the Gore Buildings
Only the Province Has the Power to Save them Now
Last night Hamilton City Council voted to accept a compromise that saves only one facade and incorporates it into a 14 unit housing proposal no-one seems to like.

ACO'S 80TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK NOW AVAILABLE
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.

Culture Strategy for Ontario
ACO stresses need to build heritage into the Culture Strategy Program
In September the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) announced a new initiative, the development of a Culture Strategy for Ontario. A series of Town Halls are planned to get our views. Click on this item to learn more.

Follow Us On Twitter!
There is a big #builtheritage community on the short messaging site. Join us on the first Wednesday of every month at 4PM Eastern for our twitter conference, with participants from Miami Beach to Timmins!

Heritage Day: ACO visits Queens Park
ACO has outstanding Heritage Day at Queen's Park

Interventions to Protect: Panabaker Farmstead
Barn demolished, prior, to consideration of its fate by the Ontario Municipal Board, in spite of opposition by ACO Cambridge and Black Bridge Community Association. Farmstead property to be severed, to allow construction of 39 houses.

Key note Address, Ontario Heritage Conference 2016
David Prosser, Literary and Editorial Director, Stratford Festival
A brilliant talk, by an excellent wordsmith and speaker. In it he makes the connections between the creative economy as evidenced in Stratford Ontario, heritage buildings, and artists. He opens with a description of how we have come to still have Shakespeare's plays, moves to the debate around preserving the parkland that is now home to the Stratford Festival theatre, and on to describe the role that the heritage building stock of Stratford has played in the festival's success. He eloquently makes the arguments for communities building on their past. Rich with quotable statements

Like Us On Facebook!
We are updating our Facebook page regularly, and it is a great place to get breaking heritage news.

MP Peter Van Loan Proposes Tax Credits for Heritage Properties
National Trust for Canada is organizing Response
MP Peter Van Loan has introduced a Private Members Bill proposing Income Tax Credits to assist private owners of heritage property with restoration costs. This is good news for heritage, whether or not it passes as widespread support for the initiative may result in either passage or a similar bill from government. National Trust for Canada is organizing heritage organizations across the country. ACO's Policy Committee will be developing a formal response from ACO.

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

The Coordinated Land Use Planning Review – Ensuring that Heritage is Not Forgotten
As part of the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review instituted by the Ontario Government, ACO has made a submission to the Ontario Growth Secretariat stressing the need for stronger protection for cultural heritage resources

WILLIAM COUKELL NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR ACO
ACO is pleased to announce that Will Coukell has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer.

Galleries

Lost Buildings
April 15, 2010

Provincial Office

Buildings lost in Ontario.

ACO Second Annual Awards Dinner November 21, 2008
January 13, 2009

Provincial Office

Our Second Annual Awards Dinner, held at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. A huge success both as a fundraiser and a chance to celebrate achievements past and present.

Ontario Demolitions
February 8, 2008

Provincial Office

Recent Cultural Destruction in Ontario

Demolition 225 James Street Hamilton
December 1, 2007

Provincial Office

Bata International Building Demolition
December 1, 2007

Provincial Office

Demolition of Bata Building started today, November 30th. A signature early modern building designed by John Parkin, and well maintained by the Bata family, it is being torn down to be replaced by a new temple sponsored by the Aga Khan. The Aga Khan is generally one of the world's great architectural patrons, but in this case he has chosen to ignore the pleas of Toronto's architects to preserve this landmark. Toronto Council failed to designate. The concrete's brilliance is from embedded white marble.