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St. Thomas-Elgin

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St. Thomas-Elgin

picture History:
The St. Thomas-Elgin branch was founded in April 2009 very much out of the ashes of Alma College, the renowned private girls school that was the city's crowning heritage jewel. The college was a victim of arson following years of neglect by its owners and inaction by various levels of government.

Former Branch president Suzanne van Bommel and past president Dawn Doty were at the forefront of community action to save the building, winning ACO recognition as a result.

St. Thomas and Elgin are at the centre of a rich railway heritage which has left behind a handful of important landmarks such as the Michigan Central Locomotive Rail Shops (now the Elgin County Railway Museum) and the famed Canada Southern Railway Station, now undergoing a major restoration as a community meeting space and home of the North American Railway Hall of Fame.

Although no complete inventory exists, the county has a rich collection of heritage buildings dating back to the 1820s. A local favourite is Old St. Thomas Church, built in 1822.

Many heritage buildings are at considerable risk due to a lack of municipal standards for upkeep. Of particular concern at present is the fate of a fine collection of late 19th century schools which are being slowly replaced by the Thames Valley School Board.

Contact:
   Barb Green
   ACOStThomasElgin@arconserv.ca

 

President:
   Barb Green
   greenfm@sympatico.ca

Communications Contact:
   Barb Green
   greenfm@sympatico.ca

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Buildings at Risk

MCR Rail Trestle Over Kettle Creek
Sunset Drive and Talbot Street
St. Thomas...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

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 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.

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.

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.