THA is excited to announce that Casa Loma received an Award of Merit (in the category of Materials, Craftsmanship and Construction) at the 2017 Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) Awards. This award recognizes the work of the THA team alongside the City of Toronto and Clifford Restoration Ltd. in the long term conservation project at Casa Loma, and specifically on the recent restoration of the Norman Tower.
“An award honouring the craftsmanship of the work and our team is a perfect category for Casa Loma, because hands, mind and heart are what it all comes down to,” said THA Principal Charles Hazell, “… clearly this remarkable restoration project gave ample evidence of each.”
THA would like to thank the CAHP for this award. We would also like to thank the dedicated and talented team members at Clifford Restoration (including their sub-trades) and the City of Toronto Economic and Culture department, including the following:
- Sam Trigila, Clifford Restoration Ltd.
- Donovan Pauly, Clifford Restoration Ltd.
- Jo Ann Pynn, City of Toronto
- Gordon Lok, City of Toronto
- Charles Hazell & Mark Wronski, Project Architects at THA
Our work at Casa Loma (pictured above) was a long term project managed to ensure that the conservation work could be phased to suit the City budgets, while providing immediate repairs to address urgent aspects of repair on a site that is one of the largest tourist attractions in Toronto. Starting in 1997, a Strategic Conservation Plan provided advice that guided the project through 9 phases of conservation and construction, including ground breaking research in the development of Roman Stone repair methodology. Our approach to conservation on this large project included innovative collaborative approaches to the repair and restoration of mass masonry, windows, doors, skylights, the building envelope and the site itself. Our integrated model of involvement engaged experts in multiple disciplines across the realms of client, consultants and conservation contractors. The spectacular site is now fully restored, and is a jewel in the crown of the cultural landscape of our City.