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John F. Taylor House wins top prize at heritage awards

 

by DON PROCTER 

The John F. Taylor House — part of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Residence — and Market Street Redevelopment in St. Lawrence Market District, received top honours in the buildings category at the 40th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards.
Mike Yorke, Carpenters’ Local 27 president, delivers his address at the 40th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards. Yorke said that for members of his union, it is fitting they are involved in heritage restoration of Toronto’s buildings since the early members of his union likely built the respective buildings over their 130-year history.Mike Yorke, Carpenters’ Local 27 president, delivers his address at the 40th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards. Yorke said that for members of his union, it is fitting they are involved in heritage restoration of Toronto’s buildings since the early members of his union likely built the respective buildings over their 130-year history. - Photo: Don Procter

Built in 1885, the Queen Anne Revival designed Taylor House, at 2 O'Connor Dr., required an extensive rehabilitation and restoration and included removal of additions/alterations. Lead architect was Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc.; ERA Architects Inc., heritage conservation consultant. Construction manager was Eastern Construction Company Ltd.  It adjoins the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence which earlier this year was awarded the 2014 Governor General's Medal in Architecture.

The Market Street winner, by Woodcliffe Landmark Properties, included three 19th century heritage buildings. Conservation focused on stabilization of a second-storey brick façade of 8 Market St. Architect was Taylor Smyth Architects; heritage consultant Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd.

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