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Spirit of Sir John A.

Confederation Park was opened in 1967 to mark the centenary of Canada’s confederation, on the site of the disused CPR rail yard and the earlier Market Battery fortification. Locomotive CPR 1095 (named, “The Spirit of Sir John A.” on occasion of the centenary) was built by the Canadian Locomotive Company Ltd., in Kingston, in 1913, and has been located in...

The Distillery District

...Spirit of York Distillery Co. provides a nostalgic nod to the area’s unique distilling history. This new 7,200 square foot facility re-imagines the former Gooderham and Worts malt-house at 12 Trinity Street as an interactive experience catering to a wide range of spirit enthusiasts. ERA’s reinterpretation of the space divides the large volume into a variety of smaller spaces, each...

Hamilton Downtown Built Heritage Inventory

...neighbourhood character, for the cultural activities they support, for the local narratives they embody, or for the meaning they hold for local residents. As a pilot study, the Downtown Built Heritage Inventory assessed approximately 800 resources in Hamilton’s downtown neighbourhoods. City Council has adopted the recommendations of the study, and will be exploring their application on a citywide basis.  ...

100 Spadina Road

The 1969 high rise apartment at 100 Spadina Road contributes to a body of distinctive modernist work by Estonian-born Canadian architect Uno Prii. Intrigued by the dynamic formal possibilities of reinforced concrete, Prii used his dual engineering and architectural training to create graceful, curvalinear forms that maximized their structural potential. Similar to a number of Prii’s apartments in the Annex...

Arial view of Booth Street Booth Street Redevelopment Master Plan

Ottawa’s Booth Street Complex — bordered by Booth, Norman, Rochester, and Orangeville streets in Little Italy — was acquired in 2012 by Canada Lands Company from the federal government. The conditions of the transfer required that best efforts be made to conserve the heritage character of the former federal heritage buildings, and that the spirit of the designations be incorporated...

Sharon Temple in autumn Sharon Temple

Sharon Temple is a masterpiece in wood construction. It was completed in 1832 by the Children of Peace, a breakaway sect of the Quakers who were committed to democracy, egalitarianism, and social justice. The building’s symmetrical plan was meant to communicate a spirit of equality within its walls, and the space was used only on special occasions for celebrations to...

Hoarding Suggestions

...Allan Gardens and the tradition of public engagement in the park. At the same time, these resources became a basis for encouraging visitors to interact directly with the exhibit and share their own visions for the park’s future. In 1863 – 150 years prior to the exhibition – Allan Gardens became freely open to the people of Toronto. Soon, the...

Silver Birches

...disrepair. In 2014, the client sought ERA’s expertise in restoring the buildings while adhering closely to their original style and spirit. The success of the project depended on a deep understanding of the owner’s vision for the site. Achieving this vision involved testing multiple options and often providing mock-ups for client review. This close collaboration ensured that while the buildings...

Selma Göteberg

ERA and Arup collaborated to join a number of European firms in a parallel commission to reimagine the Swedish suburb of Selma Göteberg. Surprisingly, the neighbourhood bore a number of interesting similarities to Toronto suburbs, including post-war modernist planning strategies (Toronto’s inspired in part by Swedish thinkers, in fact), aging 1960s infrastructure, a diverse resident community of newcomers, and a...

What lies beneath: Article series by Scott Weir

Toronto has a huge stock of Georgian, Victorian, and other heritage homes. It is not uncommon for these fine structures to have had many of their original qualities removed or obscured by generations of renovations and repairs. This series of National Post articles by ERA’s Scott Weir explores a number of ideas surrounding heritage homes, and instructs on a number...

King Edward Precinct Study

The residential buildings within the King Edward precinct of Ottawa were constructed between 1880 and 1921. A large number of these structures has been identified by the city of Ottawa as contributing to the heritage character of the neighbourhood. ERA was retained by the University of Ottawa to prepare a heritage impact report with respect to proposed development sites within...

Adaptive re-use study in Bois-de-la-Roche

...as for the adaptation and enhancement of heritage properties. A number of local stakeholders and potential partners were also consulted to identify trends and needs in contemporary agritourism operations. With this in mind, ERA and l’Enclume formulated an overall picture of the site’s potential, presenting programmatic scenarios and illustrating development schematic proposals for the four buildings and their surroundings. The...