The Hon. Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and Kevin Webster, Vice President, Western Region, presented the Cornerstone Awards at a gala ceremony and reception held in Calgary on October 23, 2015. Henry Maisonneuve and Tom Urbaniak of the Board of Governors and Natalie Bull, Executive Director, represented The National Trust for Canada. Patrick-Edwards Jones, Ecclesiastical’s Risk Control Specialist in Western Region, was among the distinguished guests invited to this special event.
Ecclesiastical is a staunch supporter of The National Trust and proud to be the named sponsor of the organization’s Cornerstone Awards for Building Heritage. The award recognizes excellence in Infill and the Adaptive Re-use/Rehabilitation of heritage buildings and sites across Canada. As a specialist provider of insurance solutions designed to protect and preserve Canada’s distinct communities, cultures and heritage, and with over 125 years of experience insuring heritage properties and sites, we are particularly gratified to participate in this important and far-reaching endeavor.
To be considered for the award, architects, developers, builders, designers and owners from across the country submit nominations and an independent jury of experts chooses the winners. The 2015 awards went to eight outstanding projects:
- Congregation Emanu-El Temple, Victoria: major restoration and rehabilitation of the oldest surviving synagogue in Canada built in the Romanesque style in 1863 by settlers drawn to BC’s Fraser River Gold Rush
- The London Roundhouse, London: conversion of an historic vacant locomotive roundhouse into office space for a digital media firm, while retaining and restoring its original unique layout and architecture
- 10-12 Market St Toronto: rehabilitation and transformation of a decaying building – originally opened in 1880 as a hotel – into an integral feature of a pedestrian friendly urban streetscape in the St Lawrence Market district
- Trinity St Paul’s United Church, Toronto: rehabilitation of the sanctuary to improve acoustics, comfort, and accessibility, enhancing both worship as well as performances by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, a key tenant
- Sir John A Macdonald Building, Ottawa: restoration and conservation of the original main branch of the Bank of Montréal Ottawa, built in 1932, and it’s adaptive re-use as the Government of Canada’s venue for hosting parliamentary events
- École des Métiers de la Restauration et du tourisme de Montréal: restoration and upgrade of a rare surviving example of a 19th century school comprising 3 adjoining buildings, and its ‘rebirth’ – complete with historic facades and roofs restored – as a LEED certified center of learning for tourism and hospitality
- New Learning Centre, Ottawa: renovation of former ‘Building 94’ located within the Central Experimental Farm National Historic site – used since 1886 for scientific research – repurposed as the New Learning Center for the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
- Cycloroute de Bellechase, Quebec: transformation of long abandoned railways tracks – once a crucial portion of the transcontinental railway that helped forge the path to Confederation in 1867 – into a paved network of bicycle trails spanning 74 km of land
Visionary … imaginative … viable. Each of these completed projects, whether commercial or institutional, demonstrates exceptional achievement in both adaptive reuse and the conservation of heritage values. Each one speaks to the importance of preserving historic buildings and sites, and to the enormous satisfaction that comes from enabling the past to re-imagine the present.
We look forward to next year’s ceremony when we celebrate the vision and talent of the 2016 winners of Ecclesiastical Cornerstone Awards for Building Heritage.
For more information, visit http://www.nationaltrustcanada.ca