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TOBuilt Database
THIS IS AN AREA WHERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD PDFs FOR YOUR PERSONAL USE. AS WELL THERE ARE A SERIES OF LINKS TO OTHER SITES OF USE REGARDING TORONTO HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE.
TO Built Walking Tour No. 5, Façadism
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Curated by Richard Longley, former ACO President, this tour moves through downtown Toronto and tells the story of the remnant facades. +read more

Kensington Market Walking Tour
Pauline Berkovitz and Stephanie Mah
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Week 4 of our Walking Tours visits Kensington Market, pick up some groceries or a take out dinner while you are in the neighbourhood, the merchants could use your patronage! +read more

ACO Toronto Walking Tour: Parkdale
Pauline Berkovitz and Stephanie Mah
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Take a walk through Parkdale, one of Toronto's most interesting and mixed neighbourhoods, early mansions, mid-century apartment blocks. +read more

ACO Toronto Video- Join Today
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Sponsored by ACO Toronto +read more

TOBuilt Walking Tour - The Annex
Pauline Berkovitz/Stephanie Mah
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Enjoy your walk through Toronto's Annex Neighbourhood, very rich architecturally...Let this whet your appetite. For More, explore Madison Avenue which has an important collection of late 19th and early 20 century houses and is a Heritage District. If you ... +read more

TOBuilt Walking Tour-The Beaches
Pauline Berkovitz and Stephanie Mah
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Walking Tour of The Beach Neighbourhood, along Queen Street, finishing at the amazing R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant. +read more

Video - Ontario Place
OLD TORONTO
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Video on Ontario Place, sponsored by ACO Toronto +read more

The Original Vision for Ontario Place
Eberhard Zeidler
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Eberhard Zeidler
Eberhard Zeidler delivered the following presentation at the ACO Toronto 150+ event on April 22, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre. Eberhard Zeidler was the Senior Partner of Zeidler Partnership Architects, responsible for the firm’s design work... +read more

Ontario Place: Building On Our Legacy: Event Video
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On February 19, 2019, the Toronto Branch of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario and the Toronto Society of Architects hosted a panel discussion about the important architecture and landscape design heritage of Ontario Place and how all Ontarians will be... +read more

Video McLaughlin Planetarium
OLD Toronto
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Video sponsored by ACOToronto +read more

Video Canadian National Exhibition
OLD TORONTO
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Video sponsored by ACO Toronto +read more

Kensington Market Video
OLD TORONTO
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Video on Kensington Market, Sponsored by ACO Toronto +read more

ACO Toronto´s 2019 Heritage Symposium Summary
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ACO Toronto's 2019 Heritage Symposium, engaged and expanded the theme Toronto’s Disappearing Main Streets: Buildings and Businesses. Held on April 6, 2019 at the downtown YMCA in Toronto, topics ranged from taxation and development; form and... +read more

ACO Toronto´s 2019 Heritage Symposium Program
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ACO Toronto's 2019 Heritage Symposium, engaged and expanded the theme Toronto’s Disappearing Main Streets: Buildings and Businesses. Held on April 6, 2019 at the downtown YMCA in Toronto, topics ranged from taxation and development; form and... +read more

Urban Taxidermy
Robert Allsopp
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Robert Allsopp delivered the following presentation at ACO Toronto's 2019 Symposium: Toronto’s Disappearing Main Streets: Buildings and Businesses. The presentation was part of the "Current Context" Panel. Click More Info above to ... +read more

PlazaPops
Daniel Rotsztain & Brendan Stewart
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Daniel Rotsztain and Brendan Stewart delivered the following presentation at ACO Toronto's 2019 Symposium. Held on April 6, 2019 at the downtown YMCA in Toronto, ACO Toronto's 2019 Heritage Symposium, engaged and expanded the theme Toronto’s Disapp... +read more

Evolution of Retail: From Streetcar Suburbs to Strip Malls
John Lorinc
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John Lorinc delivered the following presentation at ACO Toronto's 2019 Symposium. Held on April 6, 2019 at the downtown YMCA in Toronto, ACO Toronto's 2019 Heritage Symposium, engaged and expanded the theme Toronto’s Disappearing Main Streets: Bui... +read more

Main Streets as an Old-Growth Forest
Catherine Nasmith
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Click More Info above to watch a video of the presentation. To view the presentation slides, see Associated Document below. Catherine Nasmith delivered the following presentation at ACO Toronto's 2019 Symposium. Held on April 6, 2019 at ... +read more

“On the tip of my Yonge”
Kristyn Wong-Tam
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Kristyn Wong-Tam delivered the following presentation at ACO Toronto's 2019 Symposium. Held on April 6, 2019 at the downtown YMCA in Toronto, ACO Toronto's 2019 Heritage Symposium, engaged and expanded the theme Toronto’s Disappearing Main Streets:... +read more

The Changing Retail Landscape
Alex Speigel
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Alex Speigel delivered the following presentation at ACO Toronto's 2019 Symposium. Held on April 6, 2019 at the downtown YMCA in Toronto, ACO Toronto's 2019 Heritage Symposium, engaged and expanded the theme Toronto’s Disappearing Main Streets: Bui... +read more

Main Streets: City Planning’s Approach and Tools for Identifying Heritage
Tamara Anson-Cartwright
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Tamara Anson-Cartwright delivered the following presentation at ACO Toronto's 2019 Symposium. Held on April 6, 2019 at the downtown YMCA in Toronto, ACO Toronto's 2019 Heritage Symposium, engaged and expanded the theme Toronto’s Disappearing Main S... +read more

Taxed Out: Illustrating the Impact of Tax Policy on our Main Streets,
Claire Nelischer
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Claire Nelischer delivered the following presentation at ACO Toronto's 2019 Symposium. Held on April 6, 2019 at the downtown YMCA in Toronto, ACO Toronto's 2019 Heritage Symposium, engaged and expanded the theme Toronto’s Disappearing Main Streets:... +read more

Death and the City: Event Video
Presented by ACOTO and TSA
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On 24 October 2018, a joint event between ACO Toronto and the Toronto Society of Architects was held in the historic Heliconian Hall. Death and the City featured Gee Chung (ACO Toronto), Nicole Hanson (Environmental Planner), and Adam Bunch (Author... +read more

Toronto´s School Buildings at Risk Symposium on You Tube
Ibrahim Khider
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ACO Toronto Branch Symposium, April 2018 examined the reasons our school buildings are suffering from demolition by neglect, with presentations on policy and budget as well as political considerations. In the afternoon the focus was on the number of signi... +read more

Toronto´s Coach Terminal
Scott Weir, partner ERA Architects
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Some interesting images of the Toronto Coach Terminal, along with images of other Toronto buildings by the same architect, Charles Dolphin +read more

Moccasin Identifier Project
Carolyn King
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Carolyn King
Carolyn King delivered the following presentation at the ACO Toronto 150+ event on April 22, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre. For the audio/video click on For More Information. Carolyn King is the former elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the New ... +read more

Cultural Heritage Landscape: From Glacier to Planned City
Madeleine McDowell
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Madeleine McDowell
Madeleine McDowell delivered the following presentation at the ACO Toronto 150+ event on April 22, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre. For the Youtube Video click on For More Information. Madeleine McDowell is an artist, educator and advocate for Heri... +read more

The Architectural Milieu at the Time of Canadian Confederation
Sharon Vattay
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Sharon Vattay delivered the following presentation at the ACO Toronto 150+ event on April 22, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre. For the YouTube Video of the presentation click on For More Information Sharon Vattay, Ph.D. is an architectural historia... +read more

Found Toronto: Toronto from 1858
Michael McClelland
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Michael McClelland
Michael McClelland delivered the following presentation at the ACO Toronto 150+ event on April 22, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre. For the video of the presentation click on For More Information: A registered architect and founding partner of ERA A... +read more

Everyday Modern Architecture
Michael McLelland
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Michael McClelland
Michael McLelland delivered the following presentation at the ACO Toronto 150+ event on April 22, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre. A registered architect and founding partner of ERA Architects, Michael McClelland specializes in heritage conservation,... +read more

Toronto and Expo 67: Modern Architecture and Avant-Garde Urbanisms amid the Two Solitudes
David Leonard
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David Leonard
David Leonard delivered the following presentation at the ACO Toronto 150+ event on April 22, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre. For the Video of the lecture open For More Information; David Leonard is a PhD candidate at York University. He is cur... +read more

Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years On
Marco Polo
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Marco Polo
Marco Polo delivered the following presentation at the ACO Toronto 150+ event on April 22, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre. For the link to Youtube lecture click on For More Information. Marco Polo is an Associate Professor at Ryerson Universityâ... +read more

Raymond Moriyama on the Ontario Science Centre
Raymond Moriyama
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Raymond Moriyama
On April 22, 2017 ACO Toronto hosted 150+ at the Ontario Science Centre, a day-long event featuring talks on the architectural and cultural landscapes of Confederation era and Centennial era Toronto. Although he could not attend the event, Raymond Moriya... +read more

Eden Smith Architect
Carolyn Neal
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Book Cover
Illustrated with lovely pen and ink sketches by Bill Moffet, this is the first book on Eden Smith Architect, published by Toronto Architectural Conservancy, now called ACO Toronto. 34 Pages Also see Eden Smith by Doug Brown, available to download from ... +read more

Eden Smith: Toronto´s Arts and Crafts Architect
W. Douglas Brown
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Doug Brown's 53-page 2003 self-published book on the prolific architect, Eden Smith, is now available in downloadable PDF form. The well researched volume includes a biographical description of the architect, a list of his built works, and an extensive bi... +read more

Alfred Chapman Architect
Howard D. Chapman
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Illustrated by Howard V. Walker, this small book contains a history of the work of Alfred Chapman Architect, the author's father. He was architect of the Prince's Gate, the former Toronto Reference Library on College Street, now U of T bookstore. 30 Pages +read more

Bellevue Avenue: An Architectural and Social Study
Edna Hudson
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An architectural and social chronology of this (now) downtown Toronto street. Ms. Hudson provides details of its physical and social transition from settlement as frontage for the Denison Estate to Victorian subdivision to today's modern street in Toronto... +read more

A Study of Rusholme Road
Toronto Region Architectural Conservancy
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Published December 1991, The study surveys Rusholme Road with photographs, and where known, building permit numbers, year of construction, builders, architects, dates of construction and construction value. There are also biographies of significant figure... +read more

Call for Tender, 1847- 1890.
Alec Keefer and Charles Kinghorn, Editors; 

Kent Rawson, Research, Transcription.
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This 145-page document (originally sold as a CD) contains the complete text of every Call for Tender printed in The Globe (Toronto) between 1847 and 1890. There are 3207 entries in all, providing a shortcut through hundreds of hours of research. The w... +read more

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800 - 1950: A Database
Robert Hill
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For decades, with only the occasional research grant and assistance, Robert Hill has been recording the history of architects in Canada to build this highly useful online database. A wonderful and useful resource. Over time its content will be linked to t... +read more

Finding Aid to ACO Toronto´s Rosedale Archive: An Annotated Listing
Sally Gibson
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1920´s Postcard of Chestnut Park
This 74-page document prepared by historian Dr. Gibson lists and describes the contents of 40 boxes of research (including photos) on Rosedale collected in the 1970s by community residents. The material is being used as background for a book ACO Toronto h... +read more

Urban Taxidermy and the Yonge Street Diorama: Killing, Stuffing, and Presenting Yonge Street (text)
Robert Allsopp
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Diorama
Remarks by architect Robert Allsopp during one in ACO Toronto's 2016 lecture series on what he terms "urban taxidermy." Taking Yonge Street as his example, his five pages of notes describe the economic, social, and cultural values lost as the street is st... +read more

Urban Taxiderm: The Killing, Stuffing, and Presentation of Yonge Street
Robert Allsopp
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Robert Allsopp describing the creation of the Yonge Street Diorama. +read more

What Lessons of the 70s Have Been Lost?
Jamie Bradburn
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Jamie Bradburn
A two-page summary of remarks made at one in ACO Toronto's 2016 lecture series. Among the lessons Bradburn draws is that we should revisit our appreciation of architectural styles that fall out of public favour. This loss of popularity aggravates the spec... +read more

Is This the City we want?, What is the Role of Conservation in Today´s Rapidly Changing Toronto
Mary MacDonald
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Mary MacDonald, Senior Manager, Heritage Preservation Services
A brief, two-page summary of remarks prepared for ACO Toronto's 2016 lecture series. City Heritage Planner McDonald lays out her view on the role of conservation in a rapidly changing city, touching on its cultural, environmental,, and social aspects. +read more

The Impact of York Square in Toronto: The Beginnings of Post Modernism in Toronto (images)
John Sewell
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Photograph, Richard Longley
The accompanying images for John Sewell's lecture. +read more

The Impact of York Square in Toronto: The Beginnings of Post Modernism in Toronto (text)
John Sewell
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In the 1970s, York Square helped put Toronto and the young firm of Diamond and Myers on the international design and planning stage, but it is now threatened with near obliteration. Delivered as one in ACO Toronto's 2016 lecture series, Sewell's 18-page p... +read more

Building a Better Tomorrow: Schools of the Toronto Board of Education 1950-1965
Robert Moffatt
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Cover Slide
As part of ACO Toronto's 2016 lecture series, Robert Moffatt discussed the remarkable mid-century work of TDSB Chief Architect, Frederick C. Etherington, and architect Peter Pennington including the social context and precedents. The downloadable 54-page ... +read more

Perception Modern: Inspiration for an Aspiring Architect -- the Influence of Peter Dickenson and Colin Vaughan
Annabel Vaughan
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Perception Modern
As part of ACO Toronto's 2016 lecture series, architect Annabel Vaughan gave a highly personal talk describing the influence of Peter Dickinson on her father, architect Colin Vaughan, as seen by her both as a young girl traveling with the family to visit ... +read more

Heritage by Design
Penina Coopersmith and Richard C Hall
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An overview of the state of heritage conservation in 1976, including impact of the 1973 oil crisis to environmental wastefulness. Chapters Heritage Begins at Home Heritage in the Cupboard Heritage out of the Cupboard: Preservation Heritage in the Eve... +read more

ACT Newsletter, January 2004
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Of Hospitals and Development Provincial Asylum, CAMH Grounds CAMH Doctors its Image Dark Side of the Wall Beware of Privatization at Mental Health Centres A Critique of the Grid The Former Riverdale Hospital and Don Jail, Paired in Development UHN'... +read more

ACT Newsletter, Fall 1999
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The Concourse Building Toronto, 1929 The Richmond Adelaide Centre Action Plan for City Council Property Values in 1999 Property Taxes, a historical reminder Property Taxes on Heritage Properties The process of designation and de-designation Overloo... +read more

ACT Newsletter, Summer 1997
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Union Station The City Beautiful Experiencing Union Station Architectural Changes Changes to Come Protection of Access to Transportation Rail Planning Costs Sports Arena Planning Respect for Architecture Some Questions What you Can do +read more

ACT Newsletter, Summer 1995
Toronto Region Architectural Conservancy
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A Response to Main Street Restoration Upcoming Events Kingsway Park: Triumph in Design OMB Rules on Plan for Gooderham and Worts +read more

TRAC Newsletter, April 1994
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Full Issue devoted to the history of Gooderham and Worts, as well as the 1994 Development Proposal for the site. +read more

TRAC Newsletter, May 1991
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Trees for the Rouge Demolished-Peacock Building, UCC The Bungalow, 1414 Davenport Road Bill 31-The Cemetery Act A Death Sentence for Graveyards? Letter from TRAC Editor to Globe and Mail What to do with those Awkward Facades Demolished - Olympic Bo... +read more

ACT Newsletter, February 1990
Toronto Region Architectural Conservancy
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Terra Cotta Tours Irish Town Tours The Pantages Theatre Gibson House Threatened Colours with Woodwork Open the 7th Floor Petition Main Streets Intensification Peacock Building at Upper Canada Village Major Cities Conservation Coalition Survey Resu... +read more

ACT Newsletter, February 1990
Various
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Terra Cotta Toronto, stories, photographic exhibit, walking tours and contest, Irish Town Tour, The Pantages Theatre, Gibson House threatened, Colours with Woodwork, Open the 7th Floor Petition, Main Streets Intensification, Peacock Building at Upper Cana... +read more

ACT Newsletter, November 1989
Various, Toronto Region Architectural Conservancy
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Various Stories, Updates on Land Title Documents Eaton Auditorium and Round Room The Leacock House Controversy Where Have All the Churches Gone No 6 Police Station, Queen West and Cowan Avenue +read more

ACT Newsletter, September 1989
Toronto Region Architectural Conservancy
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Art Deco Toronto Walking Tour of University Avenue B Napier Simpson Jr. Memorial Lectures, the Pantages Theatre The Seventh Floor and its Sister in Montreal Toronto's Theatre Block: An Architectural History A Study in Compromise: The Princess Margare... +read more

ACT Newsletter, May 1989
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Redevelopment at Parkwood, Oshawa The Art of Wychwood Park Runnymede Theatre-Final Curtain Near Historic Buldings in Newmarket Threatened Land Title Documents, Dust to Dust Ashes to Ashes Craigleith House demolished Oaklands photograph Open the Sev... +read more

ACT Newsletter, January 1989
Toronto Region Architectural Conservancy
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Lecture Notices Finding Our Way Out of the Preservation Maze In the Wake of the John Duncan House Lost Churches of Toronto since 1945 Eaton Auditorium Update Land Title Documents Gone Forever Convent of the Felician Sisters Eden Smith: A Toronto Ma... +read more

ACT Newsletter, September 1988
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Contents Award of Merit Presentation Lecture Notices Campaign to Restore Eaton Auditorium and Round Room 46 Yonge Street by Stephen A Otto Walking Tour of Synagogues in Kensington Market Façadism Revisited Documents in Archives may be Destroyed ... +read more

ACT Newsletter, April 1988
Various
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Calendar of Events, 899 Queen Street West, Masquerade On Adelaide Street, Troubled Waters Around Wychwood Park, Award of Merit, Pantages Theatre, John Duncan House, The Living Dead or Live Wires-Overhead, Eaton Auditorium Update, 90 Yonge Street, Facade c... +read more

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