The Toronto Branch was the founding branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, and remains one of the largest branches. In recent years it has been involved in research and publishing, including exhibitions on Queen West, research and advocacy around the Riverdale Hospital, Yonge Street and College Street, and York Square.
Members receive both the Acorn, and the Toronto Architectural Conservancy newsletter.
We maintain TO Built, including 10,000 Toronto property listings, editable by all ACO members.
You can buy our books online at acotoronto.ca , distributed by the wonderful Toronto's First Post Office
Buildings at Risk
2018 Meeting Schedule for ACO Ontario
January 30, 2017 to December 30, 2018
Schedule of Executive and Council Meetings for 2017-2018. Please open the attached pdf to see the full schedule. This document will be revised periodically as dates and locations are confirmed.
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 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.
Call for Nominations: ACO Provincial Heritage Awards
Deadline for nominations: August 23, 2017
Architectural Conservancy Ontario is now receiving nominations for its 11th annual Heritage Awards, honouring preservation leaders, projects and initiatives that have contributed significantly to architectural conservation in Ontario.
Call for Ontario Heritage Conference Location Proposals for 2020
Communities across Ontario are Invited to Consider Hosting
Attached is the terms of reference for hosting a conference including contact information to submit proposals. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 15, 2018
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ACORN SPRING 2018
Theme will be "Remnants of the Past"
The next issue of ACORN will have as its theme "Remnants of the Past", ruins of buildings and landscapes, abandoned public works, and relocated fragments of a lost community. Deadline for submissions is January 29, 2018.
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.
STEVE OTTO AWARDED ORDER OF CANADA
We are pleased to learn that Stephen Otto, C.M., a long-time member of ACO and one of Ontario’s strongest advocates for heritage conservation, on his appointment to the Order of Canada for his sustained advocacy in support of heritage conservation and for his contributions to preserving and promoting Ontario’s buildings and architecture. The first head of Ontario’s heritage conservation programs, he has written extensively on Ontario history and built heritage, including including revisions to Eric Arthur’s classic, Toronto: No Mean City. Among his numerous other accomplishments, he was a co-founder of the Friends of Fort York, and has worked tirelessly on its behalf. His accomplishments are too numerous to list here, but you can learn more about the extent of his contributions below. Congratulations, Steve, on this richly deserved honour.
Vice President Shannon Kyles Tests Restored Historic Windows for Energy Efficiency...Historic Windows Win!
MAHONEY: Old windows part of the soul of our past
Article from the Hamilton Spectator