2020 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Recipients Announced

The 2020 recipients of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards were recognized at a virtual ceremony on February 18, 2021 by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the Ontario Heritage Trust. The awards celebrate projects and individuals who made exceptional contributions to heritage conservation in Ontario in 2020.

2020 virtual awards ceremony held on February 18, 2021

Recipients of the 2020 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards included Carolyn King , who received the Thomas Symons Award for Commitment to Conservation for her leadership and profound commitment to cross-cultural understanding of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. William Terry received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the conservation of Norfolk’s community heritage over 28 years.

Eight projects received Excellence in Conservation Awards, representing the diversity of approaches to heritage conservation in Ontario that have enriched the province’s places and stories. The awarded projects include:

  • The Restoration of the Fuller Post Office in Smith Falls brought back an iconic building—one of more than 80 post offices designed by the architect Thomas Fuller for the federal Department of Public Works between 1881 and 1897. The Fuller Post Office in Smiths Falls was completed in 1894 and has substantial architectural and cultural value. Bruce Linton, founder of Canopy Growth, purchased the building and undertook a 15-month restoration that was completed in 2020, with a team including architect Eddie Edmundson.
  • The restoration of the Ham House in Bath, a rare federal-style commercial/residential structure in the community that dates from 1816.  Previously in poor condition and seen as a liability and eyesore, The Ham House was in need of attention. So, the community rallied to its defense and both saved and restored the property. Community members Ron Tasker (a Director of the Frontenac Heritage Foundation) and Bonnie Crook took the initiative to restore the house, and completed the majority of the work themselves, with the support of friends and volunteers.
  • The adaptive reuse of the Walker Power Building in Windsor, where owners Patrick and Stephen Ducharme and engineers Aleo Associates converted a 20th-century industrial building for commercial use. Windsor’s Walker Power Building, inspired by the industrial architecture of Detroit’s seminal industrial architect Albert Kahn, is an iconic example of the city’s industrial heritage. The reuse honoured the building’s history and protected a 17-metre  railroad turntable from the 1880s uncovered during renovations.
  • The Ward Cabaret, a musical performance propels audiences into the world of The Ward. The Ward is bordered by Yonge Street to the east, University Avenue to the west, Queen Street to south, and College Street to the north, and was Toronto’s earliest significant immigrant enclave from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. The project’s participants include architectural historian and writer John Lorinc and heritage architect Michael McClelland, who were executive producers for the performance.

“This past year has led more Ontarians than ever to re-discover their own backyards. The diversity of physical and cultural heritage, and the sheer size of this province offer so much to be grateful for. It is a delight to celebrate the 2020 Ontario Heritage Trust Awards recipients for their efforts in conservation and care for our future,” said the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. “I am particularly pleased to recognize the youth, who are already taking seriously their role in protecting their communities and landscapes.”

To visit the full list of recipients and for more information on projects, visit: heritagetrust.on.ca