Taylor House Restoration Wins Peter Stokes Award
On November 7, 2014, the Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO) awarded the Peter Stokes Award for Restoration to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and E.R.A. Architects Inc. for their work on the John F. Taylor House at 2 O’Connor Drive. The awards dinner took place at the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto.
The ACO intends this award to recognize “those responsible for the exemplary restoration of significant heritage structures, undertaken in accordance with the accepted policies and practices of heritage conservation in Ontario.”
In the program provided at the dinner, E.R.A.’s work is described in this way: “Using original drawings, archival photographs and documents and extensive sited data, the team intervened only minimally with the heritage fabric, removed unsympathetic new fabric and repairs, and restored whatever possible of the heritage design according to D.B. Dick’s original vision…
“The finished project brings a fine example of 19th-century Queen Anne design together with award-winning 21st-century design to form a resilient new home for a congregation devoted to caring for the sick and disadvantaged.”