Ottawa announces Architectural Conservation Awards


Ottawa Construction News staff writer

            The City of Ottawa announced in February the recipients of the 2012-2014 Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards, recognizing commitment to local architectural heritage.

“The beautifully preserved properties honoured by the Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards serve an important role: encouraging further investment in their respective communities,” said mayor Jim Watson said in a news release. “By recognizing these incredible achievements in restoration and conservation, we are reminded of the rich history that exists in Ottawa for residents and visitors alike.”

The city says the awards recognize excellence in the preservation of the city’s architectural heritage. Awards were presented in five categories: restoration (return of heritage resources to original form, material and integrity), addition (additions to historic buildings), adaptive reuse (adaptation of an old building for a new purpose, retaining its heritage character), infill (new construction in an historic context) and other (conservation of engineering works, gardens, landscape features).

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“The projects honoured at this year’s Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards come from all corners of the city and will serve to give our city’s heritage community the profile and attention it deserves,” said coun. Tobi Nussbaum, chair of the built heritage sub-committee. “I congratulate all the recipients, and indeed all the nominees, for the commitment they have shown to conserving and preserving Ottawa’s built heritage.”

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A jury of three heritage professionals considered the submissions and selected seven properties to receive the Award of Excellence, the top award:

  • Simard House, 31 Sweetland Ave. (restoration)

Contributors included: Fernando & Albertina Martins – owners, Douglas Hardie Architects Inc. and A.F. Martins Construction;

  • Tropical Greenhouse, Central Experimental Farm (restoration)

Contributors: Allan Teramura, Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects; Craig Sims, wood and window conservator; Ed Bowkett, metals conservator and Steve Larouche, Heritage Grade

  • 32 Cameron Ave. (addition)

Contributors included: Jacques Hamel, Hamel Design; owners Linda Hancock and Mazen Soubra; Pierre Sirois, Sirois and Sons; Yannick Denis, WSP Structural Engineers; David Lashley and Marina Singer, Lashley and Associates and Shane Thomas, S.M.T. Home Improvement.

  • Rideau Hall, Dome Building, 1 Sussex Dr. (addition)

Contributors included: Robert Martin, Danica Robertson, Scott Dare, James Maddigan, Robertson Martin Architects; Kristina Pompura, Architect, Project Manager, NCC and Lisa Nicol, John G. Cooke and Associates Ltd.

  • Building 94, Central Experimental Farm, 901 Prince of Wales Dr. (adaptive re-use)

Contributors: GRC Architects; Baird Sampson Neuert Architects; Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation; John G. Cooke and Associates and Jumec Construction Limited.

  • Carp Village Café and Apartments, 3773 Carp Rd. (infill)

Contributors included: Malcolm Wildeboer, Vandenberg & Wildeboer Architects Inc.; Shawn Argue, president, Argue Construction Ltd.; Greg Winters, Novatech Engineering Consultants Ltd.; Crystal Therrien, owner,  Alice’s Village Café; and property owners Gregory LeBlanc and Sallie Storey, Carp Retirement Properties.

  • Gourlay Ruins, 131 Gourlay Ln. (other)

Contributors: James Reid, Keystone Traditional Masonry Inc.; Mark Mallette, Mallette Landscaping; designer Carole Anne Walsh, Mallette Landscaping; and owners Pete and Sue Chatelain.

Five additional properties were presented an Award of Merit:

  • 20 Clemow Ave. (restoration)
  • Alban’s Anglican Church, 454 King Edward Ave. (restoration)
  • 73 Crichton St. (addition)
  • 68 Park Rd. (infill)
  • Supreme Court of Canada, 301 Wellington St. (pther)

As part of the awards ceremony, five properties and one heritage conservation district were presented with heritage designation plaques to demonstrate the City’s commitment to preserving and interpreting its cultural heritage.

  • Burpee House, 22 Rideau Terrace
  • Ruins of Old St. Mary’s Anglican Church and Cemetery
  • Simard House, 31 Sweetland Ave.
  • 478 Albert St.
  • Église Ste-Anne, 528 Old St. Patrick St.
  • Briarcliffe Heritage Conservation District

Further information on all the award winners is available at


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