The past is something that really matters to both the Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO)— London Region and Heritage London Foundation (HLF), and on Thursday, Feb. 16, the pair are once again teaming up to present the annual ACO—HLF Heritage Awards.
This year marks the 10th anniversary for the awards, which will be presented during a gala celebration at the Delta Hotels by Marriott London Armouries.
The list of recipients for 2017 was announced during a presentation on Feb. 9 at the Old East Village Grocer, located in the Sommerville Building (630 Dundas St.), one of this year’s award winners.
“The heritage awards recognize individuals and projects that have made an outstanding contribution to help in the conservation of London’s built heritage,” said Marlyn Loft, chair of the ACO- HLF Heritage Awards Committee.
Loft noted that in addition to the physical structures themselves, the awards also are a way to recognize the efforts of individuals who through things such as education and advocacy, promote adaptive reuse and maintenance of a heritage buildings.
Echoing the sentiment of Joni Mitchell's song, Big Yellow Taxi, “You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone, ” Loft said the awards started 10 years ago because the group as a whole felt it was important to recognize people that have made a contribution to London’s built heritage. “We often talk about the losses and the disappointments, forgetting about the fact there’s a lot to celebrate and London has a lot of heritage gems.”
Two of those being recognized for their efforts are Cathy and Mike Lynch. For the past 22 years, they have been painstakingly restoring their home at 43 Bruce St., which was originally built in 1847.
Referring to it as a labour of love, the Lynch’s spent a lot of time scouring southwestern Ontario looking for authentic parts and pieces, such as door handles and hinges to replace what was missing and that were complimentary to the house.
“We both love antiques so we decide we wanted a really big antique,” said Cathy with a laugh. “We were looking for a home and this one really suited what we were looking for — it had lots of character and it needed some love.”
Other honouree’s making the list this year include;
Ann McColl and David Lindsay in recognition of their many years of advocacy for heritage buildings both in the downtown and in Woodfield, and for their ongoing activities that support a positive vision for the Forest City.
Debra Rogers for her educational and technical achievements on behalf of London’s history and built heritage, and for her development of the innovative app The Heart of London.
Vintage London - Colin Duck and Cindy Hartman for their research, development, and promotion of the ‘Vintage London’ Facebook page, a digital historical photo archive of London’s built heritage.
Catherine Morrisey in recognition of her careful restoration of a yellow brick Ontario cottage at 111 Clarence St., employing considerable skill and vision. Her efforts will help to raise awareness of the historic architecture that exists in the SoHo neighbourhood.
George Kerhoulas and Jacqueline Crosby in recognition of the thoughtful restoration and renovation of their mid-century modern residence at 1945 Highland Heights, an outstanding and rare local example of Usonian-style architecture.
ReVita Medical Esthetics and Spa (1541 Hyde Park Rd.) Lily Seed for her sensitive transformation of the former Church of the Hosannas for her business. She has demonstrated care and attention in retaining many original features in the adaptive reuse of this historic Hyde Park landmark.
The Somerville Building at 630 Dundas St. David Cook for the imaginative renovations made within the handsome yellow brick building, formerly Somerville Industries, now repurposed as a food hub and local small business incubator in Old East Village.
The Cube at 304 Talbot St. Arcane, Zedd Architects, and York Developments for the imaginative revitalization of an historic downtown building, which has been repurposed as a spacious, vibrant, and productive high-tech complex.