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    10
    July
    2013

    Carling building finally coming down

    The demolition of the Sir John Carling Building, once home to approximately 1,200 federal bureaucrats, was held up as government officials determined what to do with the property. This summer, workers from AIM Waste Management Inc. are inside the building performing “removal and separation of all fixtures and building materials,” Public Works stated in an e-mail to OBJ. […]

    4
    July
    2013
    Union du Canada Building

    Claridge asks to demolish Union du Canada building rather than renovating it

    Having received permission for a major renovation to turn the Union du Canada headquarters on the edge of the ByWard Market into a hotel, Claridge Homes is instead asking to tear it down. The developer hopes to squeeze about the same number of rooms into a shorter building and head off an appeal of the […]

    18
    March
    2013
    Union du Canada Building

    Union of Canada building already tall and ugly, might as well get taller and prettier, heritage experts say

    The plans call for adding 17.5 metres, or more than 50 feet, to the existing 11-storey concrete and glass building on Dalhousie Street, in addition to re-cladding the outside and renovating the inside. Claridge needs permission from the city’s committee on heritage buildings because the tower is in a heritage conservation district, where individual projects […]

    16
    March
    2013
    Butler House approach

    A lesson in zoned architectural protection from Ottawa

    Pop the cork and grab a cigar: Two weeks ago, Canada’s first protected mid-century modern neighbourhood was born. Weighing in at 23 homes on two curving streets, this bouncing architectural wonder from the 1960s, Briarcliffe, is now a Heritage Conservation District and, fittingly, it’s in our nation’s capital, Ottawa. By all accounts, it was a […]

    28
    February
    2013

    As Regent Park rebuilds, a pause to consider what came before

    The British-born architect Peter Dickinson came to Toronto in 1949, and worked here until 1961, when death took him, at age 36. In the dozen years of an extraordinarily prolific career, he dotted the local landscape with buildings that were hailed at the time as gems of festive, svelte design – the Benvenuto Place apartments, […]

    21
    February
    2013
    Butler House approach

    Butler House, Hog’s Back Pavilions & Vincent Massey Pavillions Receive Awards

    Two Modernist structures in the City of Ottawa recently garnered awards for rehabilitation work recently undertaken including the Butler House, which received an Award of Excellence,  Hog’s Back Park Pavilions, which received an Award of Merit and Vincent Massey Park Pavilions, which received an Award of Merit.  Both cases illustrate an evolving appreciation for structures and […]

    27
    June
    2012

    Heritage Canada Foundation Top 10 Endangered Places List Released

    The 2012 Heritage Canada Foundation Top 10 Endangered Places was released today and included 2 modern Ontario sites:  Ontario Place in Toronto and Hamilton Education Centre in Hamilton.  The Ontario Place nomination as an endangered place was prepared and submitted by Docomomo Canada Ontario to the Heritage Canada Foundation.  Included below are excepts from the […]

    12
    June
    2012

    Ontario Place: A Modernist cultural landscape at risk

    An internationally renowned urban waterfront park, Toronto’s unique futuristic site called Ontario Place captured the avant-garde architectural ideas of the late 1960s. It’s closing for some badly needed attention that, unfortunately, could include demolition of its most historic features. Learn more! This article is featured in the latest edition of Heritage Magazine available through the […]

    18
    May
    2012

    docomomo canada ontario register now online

    One of the central roles of docomomo organizations is to highlight works of modernism within their jurisdiction. To that end we have uploaded all register entries within Ontario to date. In total there are 14 entries (2 of which have been lost since they were added to the register). These entries were part of previous […]

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