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Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO) is a provincial charitable organization.

Through education and advocacy we encourage the conservation and re-use of structures, districts and landscapes of architectural, historic, and cultural significance.

 

Designing for Education – Lecture #2

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Tuesday March 21, 2017

7 p.m.

 WalterFedy, 675 Queen St. S., Kitchener 

FREE for ACO members, $8.50 for non-members.  Join ACO here.

Please pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/designing-for-education-lecture-2-tickets-32465715830?aff=eac2. Or call 519-635-8951.

The second event in the Architectural Conservancy Ontario – North Waterloo Region’s series on the history of school architecture in Waterloo Region consists of two short lectures:

“The One Room Schoolhouse and Beyond: The Work of the Knechtel Firm 1890 – 1930” by Susan Burke
For much of the 19th century, the one room school house played a vital role in the life of Ontario’s rural communities. Change when it came, was slow, much to the chagrin of the passionate cleric, Egerton Ryerson who, as Superintendent of Education, was bent on reform. The schoolhouse designs of this Berlin/Kitchener firm over forty years reveal the gradual implementation of the provincial standards and reflect advances in technology and pedagogical thought and in social change.

“The Modern Schoolhouse: Post-war Growth and Change in Waterloo Region” an all new talk by Rick Haldenby
The education system in Ontario changed dramatically after the Second World War. The population and the economy expanded dramatically. It was clear we needed a highly educated workforce. Cities across the province embarked on a dramatic expansion of their facilities for all levels of education. In our area the expansion was the most dramatic: dozens of new schools were built. Their designs reflected new ideas in architecture and education: some were aggressively modern, some looked back to the traditions of the past and integrated them in hybrid forms. All were designed by local architects. They were of high quality and remain with us today.

Refreshments will be served.

A History of School Architecture in Ontario

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Tuesday November 15, 2016

7 p.m.

 WalterFedy, 675 Queen St. S., Kitchener 

FREE for ACO members, $8.50 for non-members.  Join ACO here.

Please pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-history-of-school-architecture-in-ontario-tickets-29035069675. Or call 519-635-8951.

Architectural historian Shannon Kyles takes a look at trends in the architecture of Ontario school buildings and the social forces which influenced these.  She will open a discussion of how the school building both reflects and contributes to the quality of education. 

Refreshments will be served.

Evolving Urban Landscapes: A Photographic Memoir

Sunday October 16, 2016

Book Launch

1:30 – 3:30 pm, remarks by the artist at 2 pm

Joseph Schneider Haus National Historic Site

466 Queen St. S., Kitchener

Book launch includes free admission to museum, refreshments

*ACO members present at the launch get $5 off normal $40 retail price.

cover of Evolving Urban Landscapes by Philippe Elsworthy

      * 74 images which depict the elements that make Waterloo Region’s urban landscape unique

      * perfect for newcomers, people considering a move to the Region, long-time or former residents

for more information contact the publisher, The Fountain Street Press

 

Mid-Century Modern: Focus on Factories

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An illustrated talk, by UW School of Architecture Professor Rick Haldenby, about the beautiful industrial buildings designed by Waterloo Region architects John Lingwood, Barnett and Rieder,  Jenkins and Wright in the 1950s and 1960s.

Wednesday May 25, 2016

7 p.m.

 WalterFedy, 675 Queen St. S., Kitchener 

FREE for ACO members, $8.50 for non-members.  Join ACO here.

Please pre-register at https://mid-century-modern-factories.eventbrite.ca.  Or call 519-635-8951.

Discovering Carl Rieder and his importance for Waterloo Region

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Interior, Highland Road Baptist Church, Kitchener. Photo: Robert McNair

Discovering Carl Rieder & his importance for Waterloo Region

Prolific* Mid-Century Modern Kitchener-based architect

Wednesday March 30, 2016

7-9 p.m., refreshments will be served

Grand River Room, WalterFedy, 675 Queen St. S. Kitchener

Free for ACO members, $8.50 for non-members.  Join ACO here.

You must pre-register via  http://rieder.eventbrite.ca . Or call 519-635-8951.

Speakers:

  • Allan Hayes, engineer, partner at Walter Fedy, on the life and times of his uncle Carl
  • Rick Haldenby, UW School of Architecture prof, on Rieder’s architectural legacy

*Rieder’s work includes Highland Baptist Church, Marsland Centre,  Dare Biscuits Factory, Centre in the Square,  Eastwood Collegiate, Duke Street Parking Garage,  Savage Shoes, Forest Heights Collegiate, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Cameron Heights Collegiate, Bank of Nova Scotia in downtown Kitchener, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, and many more.

2015 Seasonal Celebration

 

Frances Stewart and Gail Pool shared research and restoration stories for ACO North Waterloo Region members
Frances Stewart and Gail Pool shared tips and stories with ACO North Waterloo Region members.

Thanks to Drs. Gail Pool and Frances Stewart for hosting us at their lovely Berlin Vernacular home on Sunday December 6, 2015.  It was a real treat to hear, first hand, how they have carefully researched and restored this two-story house, reminiscent of the Queen Anne style of architecture.  An inspiring and most enjoyable afternoon!

Discovering John Lingwood & his importance for Waterloo Region

Photo of Laurel Vocational School by Personal Studio, from UW Special Collections & Archives
Photo of Laurel Vocational School, 1968,  by Personal Studio, from UW Special Collections & Archives

Discovering John Lingwood & his importance for Waterloo Region

Award winning and prolific* Mid Century Modern Kitchener-based architect

Tuesday November 17, 2015

7 p.m.

Grand River Room, WalterFedy, 675 Queen St. S. Kitchener

Free parking in lot north/left of the building.  Enter building from parking lot.

Free, but you must pre-register: http://lingwood.eventbrite.ca or call 519-635-8951.

Speakers:

  • Dwight Storring, producer of the biographical documentary Finding John Lingwood
  • Rick Haldenby, UW School of Architecture prof, on Lingwood’s architectural legacy

*Lingwood’s work includes PressWorks Building, Carmel New Church, Charles Street Terminal, Ontario Court of Justice (Frederick & Ellen),  TD Canada Trust (King & Francis), Laurel Vocational School (now Conestoga College Waterloo) and many more.

ACO NextGen event

Sunday October 18, 2015,  3 p.m.

Heritage Walking Tour

+ social at the historic Huether Hotel

Bridgeport Road, Waterloo, looking west
Photo: Phil Elsworthy

 Building Waterloo walking tour

  • Learn how Waterloo grew from a gristmill to a city.
  • See buildings from each of 10 development eras.
  • 200 years of history in 90 minutes!
  • Discover invisible streams under your feet!
  • Discover historic buildings (in clever disguises)

Pre-register:  http://bit.ly/1RvtdfO

ACO & NextGen members FREE.  Future members $12

3 p.m. Meet at Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 25 Caroline St. N., Waterloo

4:30 p.m. “Drinks and Debrief” at the historic Huether Hotel, 59 King St. N., Waterloo  

DOORS OPEN WATERLOO REGION
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Play On: Sports Past, Present, and Future

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As the lazy days of summer quickly draw to a close, thoughts begin to turn to the fall and the various community activities that mark the annual changing of the seasons.   From an architectural and heritage perspective, the most significant of such is DOORS OPEN WATERLOO REGION. This free annual showcase highlights interesting places and heritage sites throughout Waterloo Region, many of which are not regularly open to the public.

This year’s Doors Open – the 12th annual for our community – occurs on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 and runs from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. In 2015, Doors Open events across Ontario are celebrating sports. Community clubs, legendary venues, professional teams, and innovative facilities will be the focus at 10 sport-themed sites here in Waterloo Region. Another 30 sites (40 in total) of cultural and heritage interest will also be open to the public, including the former Waterloo County Court House wherein the North Waterloo Region Branch of the ACO will be staffing a display. Built in 1964 and renovated in 2014/15, this unique facility, originally designed by Snider, Huget, and March Architects and Engineers, is a notable example of modern architecture. Many will recall the insightful presentation that was delivered by Professor Rick Haldenby, former Director of the UW School of Architecture, on the subject of modern architecture at our 2015 Annual General Meeting.

While DOORS OPEN WATERLOO REGION is fortunate to benefit from a number of sponsors and partners, volunteers are still required to help set-up and staff displays. Accordingly, we would kindly welcome the volunteer contributions of any members available on the 19th. Whether you just have an hour of free time, or could participate for the entire day, we would greatly appreciate your assistance.

For more information on DOORS OPEN WATERLOO REGION please see: http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Waterloo-Region.aspx.

To volunteer at the ACO-NWRB display or for further information, please contact one of the following two Executive Committee members:

Peter Walberg (Secretary) Email: p.walberg@icloud.com
Catherine Eby (Membership Coordinator) Email: ebycatherine@live.ca