The ACO Port Hope branch was formed in the early nineteen sixties. Since then, it has become one of the most active ACO branches.
In 2002 the Municipality of Port Hope was awarded the prestigious honour of possessing the finest heritage mainstreets in Ontario. Through the foresight of those who worked diligently for architectural preservation in the 1950's and 60's, their hard work is now paying huge dividends for those many local businesses, catering to an economically important tourist trade. Hundreds of visits are paid to our wonderful town every year as visitors stroll our many historic streets and laneways, marvel at our heritage architecture and partake of some much needed quiet enjoyment.
Every year this active branch of volunteers raises and then donates tens of thousands of dollars for the cause of historical architectural preservation. In the first month of January 2003, alone, 15 thousand dollars was awarded to two local churches to perform much needed restorative work to their buildings. Our association also looks after the cost of maintaining the still active C.N. train station, a local, turn of the century stone building in the heart of the community. We administer the "A.K. Sculthorpe Heritage Trades Scholarship Fund" set up to invest in the future of our heritage in Northumberland County by offering scholarships to local residents enrolling in the Algonquin College Heritage Institute. As well, the Port Hope ACO Heritage Fund actively solicits heritage restoration projects to finance, offering attractive financial terms and grants for qualifying projects.
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 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.
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
Communities across Ontario are Invited to Consider Hosting
Attached is the terms of reference for hosting a conference including contact information to submit proposals.
CBC Interview: President Catherine Nasmith debates Façadism with Past President Chris Borgal
Sunday Edition host Michael Enright moderates a discussion of Façadism on CBC radio, Sunday May 7.
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.
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
Restoration of Cemetary Chapel
July 25, 2007
The ACO Port Hope has now begun preservation work on the historic chapel located in Union Cemetery, Port Hope. Long unused, the vacant chapel is much in need of repairs to preserve the integrity of the structure. The building is in need of paint as it has not been attended to for several years. The ACO has hired a contractor to re-caulk, prime and paint the exterior clapboard and trim and to replace damaged and rotted areas. Also planned is the restoration of deteriorating window sash and strengthening of the floor. Years ago, a trap door was cut in the centre of the floor and the floor joists were severely weakened, resulting in an unsafe condition. This will be rectified with the addition of new structural members as prescribed by a consulting engineer hired by the ACO. The chapel, which dates from the 1880s, was traditionally used for funeral services at the cemetery but was deconsecrated years ago. It is hoped that with these improvements, new uses can be found for the building, which is an excellent example of a wooden vernacular church building.