The 2017 Heritage Toronto award nominations are now listed on the organization’s website. ERA is pleased to share that the firm is represented through three projects in the following categories:
Public History Award
Howard Street House Move
David Dworkind, Filmmaker and Timelapse
Devin Lund, Timelapse
Rafi Younger, Lanterra Developments Ltd.
Scott Weir, ERA Architects
William Greer Architectural Conservation & Craftsmanship
The Broadview Hotel
ERA Architects Inc.
Phoenix Restoration Inc.
Hotel X – Stanley Barracks
Library Hotel Collection
ERA Architects Inc.
Clifford Restoration Limited
The winners will be announced during the 43rd annual awards ceremony to be held on Monday, October 23rd at The Carlu from 5:30pm onwards. Tickets are currently on sale here.
As an additional point of interest, Heritage Toronto has invited ERA‘s Andrew Pruss to assist them in delivering an exciting day of heritage building exploration through their Great Architectural Bus Tour, set to take place on September 9th from 10:00am – 3:00pm. The tour begins at 10-12 Market Street and will feature a selection of past Heritage Toronto Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Award recipients, including ERA projects: Don Jail, Imperial Plaza and the Distillery District.
Tickets are currently on sale here.
The 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation has been awarded to Andrew Pruss, (Principal, ERA Architects), Les Mallins, (President, Streetcar) and the project team behind the revitalization of The Broadview Hotel. The award commends the contribution to the conservation of a heritage building and the community enhancement it fosters.
The Broadview Hotel is a landmark heritage-designated building at the northwest corner of Queen and Broadview that functioned as a community hub for clubs, businesses, athletics and site for the public engagement of city-developing events. It was completed in 1891-2 by oilman and soap maker Archibald Dingman in the Romanesque Revival style of architecture The building, formerly known as Dingman’s Hall, anchors the end of a commercial shopping strip that begins just after the bridge over the Don Valley and terminates at the end of Queen Street East in the Beaches. Its long-standing presence at the corner of Queen Street and Broadview Avenue make it an imposing and prominent beacon within the Riverside neighbourhood.
Over 36 months, ERA Architects and the project team worked to conserve and maintain key architectural features of the 125-year-old landmark: rounded-arch and squared-head windows, decorative terra cotta panels, prominent turret with a pyramidal roof, wide arches and rusticated stonework on the ground floor. The development of the structure included an addition to increase its capacity. Its use as a hotel will return, with 58 guestrooms, a restaurant and cafe added to the ground floor and a dynamic rooftop providing stunning views of the cityscape. Exterior alterations include: the removal of fire stairs, window replacement, the reinstatement of entrances and storefronts, metal cornices on the facades, and masonry and glass additions.
The hotel will welcome guests to the east-end beginning in spring 2017.
Project photos are courtesy of Streetcar Developments.
To review the article by Joanna Lavoie in InsideToronto.com, click here.
Mission Point Resort been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Survey as the best resort in Michigan and one of the top ten resorts in the US Midwest.
ERA was brought on as prime design consultants in 2014, when new ownership began an ambitious scope of improvements to upgrade guest experience and comfort requirements. Working alongside local architects of record The Architect Forum, ERA has overseen renovations to the spa, salon, athletic centre and public retail space. Architectural upgrades are ongoing.
Mackinac Island has long held historic significance as a site of peace-making and commerce for the Ottawa, Chippewa, Huron, Menonminee and Potawomi peoples. Colonized by French Jesuit Missionaries in the 1670s, the island’s strategic location led it to become the centre of the Great Lakes fur trade. Later captured by the British, Mackinac and its fort became a focal point of the war of 1812. It was taken by the US in 1814.
Today Mackinac Island is a national historic landmark and a state park. The island is rich in Victorian architecture having become a popular summer resort throughout the 19th & 20th centuries. One of the only communities in the United States to still forbid the use of automobiles, the island’s preferred mode of transport is horse-drawn buggy.
Located on 18 acres of the Island’s southern lakefront, Mission Point Resort’s original buildings date back to the 1820s, with the majority of the resort being built in the 1950s & 1960s. Collectively they reference a wide array of architectural styles including classical, colonial revival, Adirondack and Michigan Modern.
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Photo Credit: Marcus Mitanis
After much awaited anticipation, Heritage Toronto held its awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015. The event was held at the Koerner Hall in Toronto and was hosted by the host of CBC Radio’s Fresh Air, Mary Ito. This year’s Kilbourn Lecturer was Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President and CEO of the Toronto Foundation. The awards ceremony was preceded by a special Mayor’s Reception, where Mayor John Tory spoke about the importance of heritage conservation in architecture. Continue reading…
The University of Toronto put forward an eight-week intensive Landscape of Landmark Quality Innovative Design Competition to revitalize the historic landscapes of St. George campus. These major public spaces include King’s College Circle, Hart House Circle, the Sir Daniel Wilson Quadrangle, Back Campus, and Tower Road. Following a qualification stage, four teams were selected to prepare design proposals. Continue reading…
Heritage Toronto recently released the list of award nominees for the William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship category. ERA is proud to be part of six out of sixteen nominated teams.
ERA’s Graeme Stewart and Sabina Ali of the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee are featured in a terrific new video by Spacing. The video, which also includes interviews with ERA’s Michael McClelland, is entitled “Powers of Towers,” and profiles the efforts of Graeme and Sabina to transform Toronto’s aging suburban high-rise neighbourhoods into livable communities that work. Graeme and Sabina were jointly awarded the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize, also presented by Spacing magazine. Continue reading…
ERA is proud to announce that Allandale Station has received a 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation.
A new category this year, the award recognizes exceptional work in conserving Ontario’s cultural and/or natural heritage resources through the completion specific projects. Continue reading…
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. Continue reading…
The Don Jail was just awarded a CUI Brownie Award for “Rebuild: Excellence in Project Development, Building Scale.” This project, which involved a huge team including +VG, KPMB, Stantec, Diamond Schmitt, HDR, Urban Strategies, and many others, transformed an 1864 historic Toronto jail into the new administrative offices for Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.
Kitchener’s Lang Tannery District, which we worked on with RAW Design, also received a people’s choices award. Thanks people!
And thanks very much to the Canadian Urban Institute, to our client, and to our project team. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!
Learn more about the Don Jail project on our portfolio page.
Taylor House at Sisters of St. Joseph was just awarded a Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence. The William Greer Architectural Conservation Award recognizes conservation and craftsmanship in heritage. The jurors called it “a text book example”.
The NFB project A Short History of the Highrise recently won the “News and Documentary” category of the Emmy Awards. ERA and the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R) had the pleasure of working with director Kat Cizek on this project, which examines the current conditions and future potential of post-war high-rise living around the world. Continue reading…
On October 3, 2014, in Charlottetown, PEI, the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) and Heritage Canada The National Trust (HCNT) announced their annual winners. ERA was privileged to work on three of the awarded projects. Continue reading…
Recently the Holcim Foundation Awards recognized 1 Spadina Crescent under the category “Heritage Reframed.” ERA is working with the University, NADAAA, and Adamson Associates to repair and refurbish the spectacular gothic revival building from 1875, and redevelop the site to accommodate a new addition designed by NADAAA to be occupied by the University’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design.
Bridgepoint Active Healthcare has won two PUG awards this year: Best Commercial + Institutional Building in Toronto, and the Paul Oberman Adaptive Reuse and Heritage Restoration Award. Continue reading…
ERA is proud to have been involved in three out of twelve projects to receive Governor General’s Medals in Architecture in 2014. Please see details below:
Sisters of St. Joseph, lead architect Shim-Sutcliffe. Jury comment: “This project shines for the care that was brought in creating a loving environment for the elderly.”
Bloor Gladstone Library, lead architect RDH. Jury comment: “This renovation and expansion of a distinctive historical library stands out for being both creative and respectful. The design re-imagines the entranceway and body of the original structure, adds a minimal glass addition and creates an intimate courtyard in the process.”
Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, lead architect KPMB. Jury comment: “Large glass volumes are anchored to an existing Victorian house and seem to float behind it.… [These] light volumes against the stately mansion…make a convincing use of contrasts.”
Congratulations to Shim-Sutcliffe, RDH, KPMB, and all the winning offices. Please see the media release at Architecture Canada.
Evergreen Brickworks and Toronto Police Services’ 11 Division have just been awarded Toronto Urban Design Awards of Excellence for “Public Buildings in Context.” And both Maple Leaf Gardens and St. James Cathedral Centre won awards of merit. Continue reading…
ERA is pleased to announce that 11 Division of the of the Toronto Police Services (TPS), a project we worked on with Stantec Architecture, has been honored at the 2013 Pug Awards. It won People’s Choice in the Commercial/Institutional category, and it received the Paul Oberman Award for Adaptive Reuse and Heritage Restoration! Continue reading…
Evergreen Brick Works was just honoured with a 2013 Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Charter Award, announced May 29 in Salt Lake City.
ERA has been working on this project for several years with project partners including Evergreen, architectsAlliance, DTAH, Diamond Schmitt, and Claude Cormier + Associés, among others. Continue reading…
The design team for Massey Tower, which includes Hariri Pontarini Architects, ERA Architects, and Cecconi Simone, is pleased to announce that the project was recently honoured with four 2013 BILD Awards:
- Project of the Year
- High-rise Design of the Year
- Best High-rise Sales Office
- Best Model Suite
ERA is pleased to announce that Division 11 of the of the Toronto Police Services (TPS), a project we worked on with Stantec Architecture, has been honored with an Award in Design Excellence from the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)! Continue reading…
Last week the NFB’s Highrise: One Millionth Tower won a Canada Screen Award for “Original Program Produced for Digital Media, Non-Fiction.” ERA and the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R) had the pleasure of working with the NFB on this remarkable series, directed by Kat Cizek, which examines the current conditions and future potential of post-war high-rise living around the world. Continue reading…
Congratulations to Zeidler Partnership Architects for winning a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for their design of the new GO Roof, at Union Station, Toronto. One of Canada’s national historic sites, the station is currently undergoing renovations of the train shed roof covering the passenger platforms and tracks. Continue reading…
The 2012 awards of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) recognized ERA for our role in the adaptive reuse of Maple Leaf Gardens. This collaboration with Turner Fleischer and BBB Architects brings new contemporary uses to the historic site, which had been closed and shuttered for years. Continue reading…