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Awards for Don Jail, Taylor House, and Gemini!

by ERA Architects

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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.


The Don Jail was awarded an HCNT Ecclesiastical Cornerstone Award for Adaptive Reuse. This award recognizes “projects that demonstrate excellence in the conservation of heritage values and illustrate the viability of heritage buildings and sites for commercial or institutional use….” This project, which involved a huge team including +VG, KPMB, Stantec, Diamond Schmitt, and HDR, transformed an 1864 historic Toronto jail into the new administrative offices for Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. Learn more about the Don Jail project on our portfolio page.

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Taylor House (above, right) was awarded a CAHP award for Conservation of Buildings. This award recognizes “outstanding achievement according to the heritage field, referring specifically to the principles of conservation stated in the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.” The project, a collaboration with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, who designed a wonderful new facility (above, left), adapts and conserves an 1885 masonry Queen Anne home to serve as part of the Residence of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. Learn more about Taylor House on our portfolio page.


And finally, Gemini House was awarded a CAHP award for Heritage Education, Awareness and Scholarship: Special Projects. Gemini House, a collaboration with UofT and Ryerson University, retrofits an 1880s Second Empire masonry home with an extremely high-performing interior. The design of the interior was strategized to facilitate the use of the space for visiting faculty, but also for use as a pedagogical tool for cutting edge sustainable design. Learn more about Gemini on our portfolio page.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. Thank you to all our collaborators and clients, and of course to CAHP and HCNT.

Related Projects

Bridgepoint Health: The Old Don Jail Bridgeport Healthcare
The Distillery District Cityscape Development Corporation & Dundee Realty
Gemini House University of Toronto