Recipients of 2008 Heritage Toronto Awards announced

Heritage Toronto announced the recipients for the 34th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards. The Awards celebrate outstanding contributions by individuals and community organizations, as well as industry professionals and associations, in promoting and conserving Toronto’s history and heritage landmarks.

As part of the evening program, the William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture was presented by John Campbell, President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto “A Shore Thing: The Future of Toronto’s Waterfront.” Mr. Campbell outlined how the waterfront’s industrial past has shaped plans for ambitious new communities on our city by the water.

From a shortlist of finalists, recipients of the Honourable Mentions, Awards of Merit and Awards of Excellence were chosen.

The William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Awards
This category honours projects that include restoration or the preservation and reuse of buildings or structures, showing the application of sound conservation principles, displaying skilled craftsmanship and an appropriate use of materials. The jury considers how well the project meets contemporary needs while maintaining the integrity of the original design vision.

Award of Excellence
King Parliament Square, 340 King Street EastCommissioned by: King George Square Properties Inc.
Architect: PDA Architects
Craftspersons/Contractors: Halcrow Yolles; Zakss Construction; Colonial Restoration; and others

Wesley Building, 299 Queen Street West
Commissioned by: CHUM Limited/CTV Limited
Architect: E.R.A. Architects Inc.
Craftsperson/Contractor: Clifford Restoration Limited

Award of Merit
Canadian Volunteers Memorial, Queen’s Park Crescent West
Commissioned by: City of Toronto – Culture Division
Architect: Spencer R. Higgins Architect Inc.
Craftspersons/Contractors: Trevor Gillingwater (Conservator); Colonial Building Restoration; Heather & Little Ltd.

Honourable Mention
Regal Road Public School Portico, 95 Regal RoadCommissioned by: Regal Heights Residents’ Association and the Toronto District School Board
Architect: E.R.A. Architects Inc.
Craftsperson/Contractor: Limen Group

Book Category
This category recognizes well-written non-fiction books published in 2007 that explore Toronto’s archaeological, built, cultural and/or natural heritage and history.

Award of Excellence
Concrete Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the SeventiesAuthors: Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart (editors)
Publisher: Coach House Books and E.R.A. Architects

Award of Merit
The Great Adventure: 100 Years at the Arts & Letters Club
Author: Margaret McBurney
Publisher: The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto

I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad
Author: Karolyn Smardz Frost
Publisher: Thomas Allen Publishers

Media Category
This category salutes non-fiction projects such as videos, websites, exhibits, magazines and other publications that educate the public about aspects of Toronto’s archaeological, built, cultural and/or natural heritage and history.

Award of Excellence
Distillery District Heritage
Author/Director: Sally Gibson
Producer: Thane Lucas, Lucas Digital Art

Award of Merit
“What Lies Beneath,” The National Post, Post Homes
Author/Director: Scott Weir
Producer: Shari Kulha, Editor, Post Homes

Community Heritage Award
This award is open to one volunteer community-based organization in each of the four Community Council areas as defined by Toronto City Council. The organization must be currently active, and have either initiated and/or completed a significant activity that promotes, protects and/or preserves cultural and/or natural heritage in its specific Community Council area. This is a cash award and no organization is eligible to receive it more than once every five years. The recipients are: Cabbagetown/Regent Park Community Museum; O’Connor Irish Heritage House; and the Scarborough Historical Society.

2008 Members’ Choice Award
The 2008 Members’ Choice Award was presented to the Cabbagetown/Regent Park Community Museum. All current Heritage Toronto members were given the opportunity to submit their vote on which one of the nominees for the Community Heritage Award they felt is worthy of recognition.

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