The R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant is a UNESCO recognized technical and architectural achievement. It was recently featured in a report for The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), designated consultant to ICOMOS.
This 1940s infrastructure supplies the City of Toronto with 40% of its water. Situated along the shore of Lake Ontario, “the Art Deco buildings and crafted landscapes are refined examples of when public works were treated as expressions of civic vision and invested with fine materials and monumental public and service spaces.” Over the years, the lakeside exposure and the interior humidity and chemicals have taken a toll on the building envelope. THA completed a 15-year material intensive conservation, restoring this architectural marvel to its former glory. This important report is the first global comparative study assessing the significance of sites and landscapes of the water industry. Great to be recognized among case studies across the globe!
Find a link to TICCIH’s report here.