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The Donald Standard Chemical Building

by ERA Architects

Rural architectural heritage extends beyond farm houses and small towns. Last summer, ERA helped the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario in support of the Green Step Project, an initiative to rehabilitate an abandoned industrial site east of Bancroft as showcase for environmental stewardship, heritage, and building technologies.

A Nationally Significant Historical Site built in 1909, the Donald Standard Chemical site represents the industrial history of the Halliburton Highlands. This set of buildings are reinforced by an unusual system of chains that hold the floors and roof in tension – a fascinating example of pioneering concrete construction.

One year on, the Donald Standard Chemical site is being stabilized and restored. We are looking forward seeing this rural industrial heritage reinstated as part of the rugged beauty of the Halliburton Highlands.

If you wish to know more about “Green Step Project,” please contact Leora Berman on 705-457-4838 or take a look at their website here.

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