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ACO Awards to Don Jail and Taylor House

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Recently at the annual Awards of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO), both Bridgepoint / Don Jail and Sisters of St. Joseph / Taylor House were honoured with prestigious awards.

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The John F. Taylor House at the Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph won the Peter Stokes Restoration Award, which recognizes “the exemplary restoration of significant heritage structures, undertaken in accordance with the accepted policies and practices of heritage conservation in Ontario.” Taylor House is a fine example of Queen Anne design and construction. It was home to the Taylor family, who was responsible for the hugely successful Don Valley Brick Works. As part of a site redevelopment and new award-winning facility designed by Shim-Sutcliffe, ERA rehabilitated the home, restoring many of its features and creating interpretive new solutions where restoration wasn’t feasible. Learn more about this project in our online portfolio.

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Bridgepoint won the Paul Oberman Award for Adaptive Reuse, which aims to recognize “projects that highlight and incorporate significant heritage structures in fitting and imaginative ways, thereby conserving them for future use and enjoyment.” The Don Jail was built in 1864 in what was at the time a rural setting outside Toronto. It functioned for over a century and was closed in 1977. After a period of disuse, the Jail was rehabilitated and adapted to serve as the administrative office for Bridgepoint Active Heathcare. This project involved a huge team including +VG, KPMB, Stantec, Diamond Schmitt, HDR, Urban Strategies, and many others. Learn more about the project in our online portfolio.

Thanks to the ACO and our collaborators, and congratulations to all the winners.