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Building Toronto: Archives and Architects Lecture Series

February 27, 2008
Thursday March 6
7pm – 9pm

City of Toronto Archives
255 Spadina Road


Stephen Otto and Michael McClelland

The Importance of Archives

Historian Stephen Otto will address the challenges that archives face while trying to stay ahead of the collecting curve with respect to architectural records, and will suggest some strategies for acquiring the best of the best. Michael McClelland of ERA Architects will explore how academic and popular interest in building types and materials changes over time, and how important it is for archives to support primary research in these new and different areas.

* Admission to the series is free, but pre-registration is required for the lecture. Please contact Paul Sharkey at psharke@toronto.ca
for tickets or information.

299 Queen St. W

In December of 2007 ERA completed the terracotta restoration of 299 Queen Street West, the home of Canada’s MuchMusic.
Undertaken in four phases over five years, the project included new structural steel work, repair of the terracotta tiles, and the installation of new precast elements.

Cambridge City Hall

ERA is pleased to announce that Phase 1 of the exterior restoration work at Cambridge City Hall has been completed. We had the pleasure of restoring the tower and the slate roof. The highlights of the restoration work were the installation of the missing original concealed gutter on the main roof, the reintroduction of the two toned slate shingles on the upper tower roof and the refreshing of the four clock faces.

Thank you to Diamond + Schmitt Architects Inc., Clifford Restoration Ltd., Heather and Little Ltd. and Centrum Renovation and Repair Inc. for a job well done.

Concrete Toronto Launch – November 1

The Canadian Urban Institute presents monthly roundtable breakfast seminars. On Thursday November 8th, Michael McClelland and Graeme Stewart will be discussing “The Tower Renewal Project: New Ideas for Old Buildings”.

Maple Leaf Gardens – A National Historic Site

Built in 1931, Maple Leaf Gardens is one of Canada’s most iconic buildings. The home of hockey and many historic cultural and political events, the ‘Gardens’ holds a special place in the country’s popular culture.

ERA was privileged to prepare the nomination for Maple Leaf Gardens as a National Historic Site. In June of 2006 the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada met to consider the building’s national significance and recommended its designation. This June we are happy to announce that the Minister of the Environment recently designated Maple Leaf Gardens a National Historic Site.

Stay tuned for information on the plaque unveiling ceremony.

Convocation Hall Centennial

On Thursday, May 31st, Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto celebrated its centennial anniversary. Thursday’s ceremony included the announcement of extensive renovations to the building. Plans call for a renewal of the circular foyer, increased accessibility and replacement of selected seating. These enhancements will include all decorative finishes, historical millwork, lighting installations, and a fresh coat of paint to recapture the interior’s original colour scheme. Phase one of the work will begin this summer with the reburishment of some seats. A fundraising campaign is currently underway for the work with matching commitments from the UTAA and the University.

Tower Renewal

This past Monday Graeme Stewart and Michael McClelland of ERA presented their ideas for the renewal and environmental upgrade of Toronto’s neglected suburban high-rise neighbourhoods to Toronto’s executive council committee. They demonstrated how re-imagining these buildings, along with the unused open space around them, can considerably improve the social, economic and environmental sustainability of our city and region.

Check out the Globe and Mail article on their presentation at:
http://www.era.on.ca/graphics/articles/pdf/article_20.pdf