OAA Announces Queen’s Park Picks

Annual World Architecture Day event celebrates nine Ontario buildings nominated by MPPs

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) announced its annual Queen’s Park Picks as part of its virtual celebration of World Architecture Day. The OAA invited Ontario MPPs to reflect on the province’s architectural legacy and nominate a favourite building within their riding. From their submissions, nine projects have been selected for this year’s online exhibit.

An emerging theme this year was adaptive reuse of existing buildings, an important strategy for achieving climate stability. Adaptive reuse from demolition and construction. Creatively repurposing existing structures minimizes landfill waste and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from new builds, while preserving Ontario’s built and cultural heritage.

The chosen buildings chosen are as follows:

Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto, by nominated by MPP Jill Andrew, renovated by DTAH Architects Ltd.

Image courtesy of DTAH Architects.

Barrymore’s Music Hall (former Imperial Theatre) in Ottawa, nominated by MPP Joel Harden, by Walter Herbert George.

Image courtesy of the Ontario Archives,

Carrefour Santé d’Orléans in Ottawa, nominated by MPP Stephen Blais, by architect HDR Architecture Associates Inc.

Image courtesy of HDR Architecture Associates.

Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial in Toronto, nominated by MPP VIncent Ke, by artists Eldon Garnet and Francis LeBouthillier (bronze figures).

Image: Joël León

Dominion Wheel and Foundries Company Manufacturing Complex in Toronto, nominated by MPP Suze Morrison.

Image by Vik Pahwa.

Heritage Hall in Guelph, nominated by MPP Mike Schreiner, by architect William Slater, renovated by Joel Bartlett Architect Inc.  

Image courtesy of the Guelph Public Library and Archives.

Old Stone Mill in Delta, nominated by the Honourable Steve Clark, MPP.

Image by Ken W. Watson of the Delta Mill Society.

Toronto Power Generating Station in Niagara Falls, nominated by MPP Wayne Gates, by architect Edward James Lennox.’

Image courtesy of the Niagara Falls (Ontario) Public Library.

Whitby Central Library and Civic Plaza in Whitby, nominated by MPP Lorne Coe, by architect Shore Tilbe Irwin and Partners (now Perkins&Will).

Images courtesy of Perkins&Will

“It is wonderful to work with Ontario’s MPPs to broaden public awareness and enthusiasm about the architecture that shapes all of our communities,” notes OAA President Susan Speigel. “As we reflect on the contributions of those whose work has been recognized this year, it’s clear heritage buildings hold a special place in the hearts of Ontarians, and the sensitive and sensible evolution of these buildings ensures they continue to serve our communities for years to come.”