For the care and craftsmanship with which the rehabilitation and restoration of the John F. Taylor House was handled, the Sisters of St. Joseph and the designers and contractors responsible for the building received Heritage Toronto’s William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Award of Excellence on Oct. 21, 2014 at Koerner Hall. The house was restored while the new residence of the Sisters at 2 O’Connor was being completed.
Heritage Toronto describes the William Greer award in this way: “This category of award honours owners who have undertaken projects in the past two years to restore or adapt buildings or structures that have been in existence for 40 years or more. In addition to the quality of craftsmanship, appropriateness of materials, and the use of sound conservation principles, the jury considers how well the project meets current needs while maintaining the integrity of the original design vision.”
Nominations in this category are received from the public and juried by individuals from a wide range of places and talents. The other nominees in this category included: Bridgepoint Hospital Mosaic Mural Relocation, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare Administration Building, Lassonde Mining Innovation Centre, Goldring Student Centre, Market Street Redevelopment, O’Connor Estate Buildings, and the Serbian Easter Orthodox Church of St. Archangel Michael.
The Taylor House was designed in the Queen Anne Revival style by architect D.B. Dick and completed in 1885. It was restored according to Dick’s original vision. The work performed was listed in Heritage Toronto’s booklet as follows:
- Alterations and additions were reversed or removed to re-establish the original relationship of the house with Broadview Ave.
- Masonry, windows, decorative glazing, doors and hardware were repaired and refurbished
- The original entry porch and masonry chimney were rebuilt
- Missing finials and decorative dormers were replaced
- Interior renovations included fireplace and staircase preservation as well as the restoration of the principal rooms, including trim, chandeliers and fine ceiling and cornice plasterwork.
Sister Margaret Myatt receives the award from Alexandria Pike, Heritage Toronto Board Chair. Between Sister Margaret and Alexandria is William Greer.
Cake at Koerner Hall.
Sister Margaret Myatt with Andrew Pruss of ERA Architects Inc.
Sister Annette Lacroix, Sister Margaret Myatt, Amanda Garrett and Andrew Pruss.