About ACO St. Thomas Elgin
ACO St. Thomas-Elgin is a branch of ARCHITECURAL CONSERVANCY ONTARIO. It 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.
Currently, the branch main initiative is to hold an annual ceremony to present awards for good practice of architectural preservation from across Elgin County and within the City of St. Thomas. Speakers and tours on topics related to preservation of architectural heritage may also be held periodically throughout the year. New members are always welcome.
Through advocacy and direct action, ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVANCY ONTARIO has been involved in preserving Ontario's architectural and environmental heritage since 1933 by helping communities and owners preserve buildings and structures of architectural merit, and places of natural beauty or interest.
ACO is a charitable organization operating through a network of autonomous local branches in communities across Ontario, linked by a small co-ordinating office in Toronto, and governed by its Executive and Provincial Council.
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750 Talbot St, PO Box 102
St. Thomas, ON N5P 1E2