The 2017 ACO Heritage Awards will be presented to nine individuals and organizations that have demonstrated the value of conserving our built and natural heritage.
The Heritage Awards are presented annually by the St. Thomas-Elgin Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. This year’s awards, the fifth in the series, will be given to recipients at a special ceremony on Wednesday, May 17 beginning at 7 pm at the Princess Avenue Playhouse in St. Thomas.
Recipients this year are from every part of St. Thomas and Elgin County and include both private buildings and public institutions. Two awards will be given for achievements in heritage education and awareness.
Judges reviewed nominations in three basic categories: Individuals or organizations in the fields of education, awareness and advocacy; heritage practitioners such as architects, craftsmen and builders; built heritage conservation of either an entire building or specific heritage features.
Judges noted that three of the properties are on Talbot Street in St. Thomas, a positive sign that heritage conservation is seen as an important part of rebuilding the downtown core.
The St. Thomas-Elgin branch of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario 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.
The branch holds its annual ceremony to celebrate 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 are also held throughout the year.
ACO St. Thomas-Elgin Branch 2017 Heritage Award Winners
Built Heritage Conservation - Entire Building
For more information contact Serge Lavoie, awards coordinator, at 519-859-7763 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.