Goderich-based architectural firm, Allan Avis Architects (AAA) has been named a winner by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario at the 2016 ACO Provincial Heritage Awards.
AAA will be awarded the James D. Strachan Award for Craftsmanship for restoration and stabilization of the ceiling at historic St. Joseph Church in Windsor.
“This was a difficult project and a number of options were explored in order to restore the plaster while preserving the hand painted artistic murals,” explained Allan Avis, Architect and Owner of Allan Avis Architects. “The goal was to attempt to restore the murals to look the way they did the day the artist completed them, and we believe we accomplished that. This wouldn't have been possible without the collaboration of the parish, the Diocese, the general contractor, all the trades people and specialized consultants. We’re thankful to everyone who was involved in bringing this project to successful completion.”
“We are thrilled that Allan Avis Architects has received the James D. Strachan Award for Craftsmanship,” shared Father Dwayne Adam, pastor of St. Joseph, “It is a testament to our people who were determined to retain the beautiful murals despite the extra costs involved in restoring them. They are an important part of our heritage here at St. Joseph Parish, and our parishioners continue to support our fundraising efforts to pay for the beautiful work that was done. Our congratulations to Allan Avis and all of those who worked so diligently on this ambitious project.”
The Annual Awards Dinner will take place tonight:
2016 ACO Provincial Heritage Awards
Friday, November 4, 2016
Osgoode Hall, University of Toronto
Queen St. W. and University Ave., Toronto
Natasha Wheeler, Architectural Technologist at AAA, will receive the award on behalf of the Diocese, St. Joseph Parish and the entire design and construction team at AAA.
About the ACO Awards
The awards are presented in 11 categories including lifetime achievement, adaptive reuse, advocacy, craftsmanship, media, next gen, restoration, special contributions, and cultural heritage landscape. Nominations were submitted from throughout the province and from communities ranging from small villages to large metropolitan areas. Recipients include heritage professionals, dedicated volunteers, heritage activists, and individuals of all ages with a passion for built heritage.
St. Joseph's interior prior to restoration.
St. Joseph's interior after to restoration (2016).