Name of Organization: Guelph-Wellington Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO)
Event: “Developing the Past for the Future of Guelph”
Speakers: Including Kirk Roberts & Tom Dowd
Date: April 21, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Place: Heritage Hall (former BME Church)
83 Essex Street, Guelph
Contact: Susan Ratcliffe Email: email@example.com
Admission: No charge for ACO members
$5 charge for non-members
Developing the Past for the Future of Guelph
Who better to lead off on this topic than Kirk Roberts of Tyrcathlen Partners, owners of the Petrie Building, and Tom Dowd, owner of the Alma Block. The central portion of the 1868 limestone Alma Block (the H&R Block) was designated in 2006 for its cultural and historic value and has been in continuous use as a downtown commercial building for over 140 years.
Now much in the news, the 1882 Petrie Building was designated by the National Trust of Canada as a top ten endangered historic building. Saved from demolition by neglect by Tyrcathlen Partners, the Petrie Building is now undergoing a massive rehabilitation. For its part, ACO has begun a fund-raising campaign to restore the galvanize sheet metal façade – likely the only one of its kind left in Canada.
Guelph’s Heritage Planner Stephen Robinson will also add his expertise to the mix.