Cornerstone heritage award winners announced
Projects by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Diamond Schmitt Architects with KWC Architects, and mcCallum Sather are among the winners of this year’s Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Awards for Building Heritage, presented by The National Trust for Canada and Ecclesiastical Insurance. The awards bring national attention to exemplary projects and places that contribute to quality of life, and illustrate the viability of heritage buildings and sites for traditional and new uses.
The awards are presented in two categories — Transformative Projects and Resilient Places — with the potential for up to six awards in each category:
A. Transformative Projects – Projects completed between 2016 and 2019 that have creatively renewed or transformed historic places or landscapes for new or traditional uses; and
B. Resilient Places – Historic places or landscapes that illustrate extraordinary resilience, significance, and benefit to a community over a sustained period of time, with a successful track record of 10 years or more.
Special consideration was given to places and projects that reflect one or more of the following principles:
- The involvement of youth;
- Social innovation or enterprise;
- Environmental benefits;
- Cultural diversity.
The recipients were selected by an independent jury from a strong list of candidates.
Eleven outstanding projects were selected:
- B2 Lofts (Lunenburg, Nova Scotia) by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
- Burrard Bridge Rehabilitation and Restoration Project (Vancouver, British Columbia) by Iredale Architecture
- Montgomery’s Inn Museum – Restoration (Toronto, Ontario) by George Robb Architect
- Senate of Canada Building (Ottawa, Ontario) by Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects in Joint Venture
- Westinghouse HQ (Hamilton, Ontario) by McCallum Sather Architects
Resilient Historic Places:
- Conception Bay Museum (Customs House) (Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador)
- Garrick Theatre (Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador)
- Gur Sikh Temple National Historic Site (Abbotsford, British Columbia)
- Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (Almonte, Ontario)
- Shingwauk Residential School Site (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)
- Victoria Jubilee Hall (Walkerton, Ontario)