Foreword: Wake-up Call
The Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals believes in the invaluable role of celebrating the work of our members through our annual Awards program. We are thrilled to congratulate the people behind this year’s award-winning projects, which are listed below in their respective award categories. As we continue to celebrate and inspire each other, our challenge moving forward is to address the gap in recognizing intangible cultural heritage, Indigenous cultural heritage, and the legacy of colonial policies and practices in heritage protection.
The Awards Committee strives to make incremental changes to improve the CAHP Awards program year after year. In 2018, we tried to experiment by holding the Awards Adjudication Day in Vancouver. Since then, we aim to organize the event at the host city of the Annual Conference so we could facilitate exciting deliberation between CAHP Professional members from coast to coast to coast and distinguished local practitioners. Each year, we continue to improve our selection of jury members to ensure that we gather different perspectives, knowledge and expertise, which ultimately reflects our commitment not only to professional excellence, but more importantly to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
In 2020, we did not anticipate that we had to prepare for substantial changes to the submission and adjudication process as a result of the pandemic. At best, the uncertainties and injustices that persist as we write these words provided us with a different lens to view the world around us – to try to unlearn our own bias and prejudice, and to reassess immediate and long-term priorities. It is challenging our profession to engage in critical retrospection.
In the words of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time”.
CAHP Awards 2020 Co-Chairs
The scope of work at this historical monument involved preserving and restoring masonry, windows, main portal, spire roof, bell system, replacement of the flashing, sprinklers and architectural lighting system.
Reopened in December 2019, Paradise Theatre is an exciting project that showcases the potential of Toronto’s historical theatres to once again become neighbourhood hubs. The team was committed to the building’s careful conservation of the exterior façade, as well as the retention and rehabilitation of the east wing.
Major work was undertaken throughout the entire building, notably restoring the stability of the exterior masonry wall. Using sound historical information, the remaining architectural elements were repaired or restored to their earlier historic appearance. Completed in September 2018, the restoration project returned the building to a more coherent aesthetic while safeguarding it and its distinct identity within its prominent location.
The project entailed renovating the historically designated 1878, to support the contemporary needs of a dynamic worshipping community while protecting and enhancing the building’s defining heritage elements.
Mitchell Hall is incorporated into the newly constructed state-of-the-art Innovation and Student Wellness Centre. The work included the restoration of the mass masonry exterior walls, off site restoration of period wooden windows and doors, installation of new curtain wall glazing assemblies, and the wholesale removal and replacement of the slate bell curve roofing assembly.
Awardees: John Wilcox (Vitreous Glassworks)
The goal was to create an honest and harmonious replica utilizing materials and procedures procured and employed in kind. The two original glass pieces are set into the replica as before, and replica glass was discreetly tagged with maker & date to inform further work.
The front hall of Gage House is a notable example of stencilled decoration on historic plaster in Ontario, and is the focus of the conservation work presented. The project established a treatment for stabilizing and refreshing the walls without obscuring the original painted surface.
Bellevue House (Kingston, ON)
Award of Merit
The project at Bellevue House began with a building condition assessment including a 20-year maintenance plan, and was followed by the rehabilitation of the roof, and the re-lamping of fixtures. Consolidating the plaster ceilings, reconfiguring of the electrical room, and rewiring of the light fixtures was added to the scope following the condition assessment.
The Cabbagetown Southwest HCD Study was an in-depth study of the history and evolution of the study area, an inventory of its 745 properties, an analysis of its heritage character, and an assessment of the heritage value and potential for a Heritage Conservation District Plan.
Awardees: Julie Harris (Contentworks Inc.)
Signposts and Promises: Canada and the Alaska Highway (started in September 2017; published in December 2018) was written, illustrated and designed to communicate the full range of values that make the Alaska Highway Corridor one of Canada’s most significant cultural landscapes. The most direct connection between the project and the Standards and Guidelines has beneficial role in strengthening an understanding of the historic place and promoting the conservation of historic resources of all types.
Change Comes From Within (Toronto, ON)
Award of Merit
Awardees: Joey Giaimo (Giaimo)
An opportunity to advocate for and foster awareness through heritage interpretation arose at two heritage properties in prominent and busy areas within Toronto’s downtown core. With the building storefronts redesigned, a new relationship was formed with the public.
Working in the heritage conservation sector since the 1980s, Kathryn was a respected architectural historian and municipal heritage planner in the City of Toronto for more than 30 years. Largely single-handedly, Kathryn’s work has resulted in more than 2,300 listed and or designated properties added to the City’s Heritage Register.