What I Have Done

Generally:

I’ve been a practicing member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals since 1997. Designing, constructing or analyzing buildings has been my main professional preoccupation since the summer of 1979 when I first worked as a grunt labourer for a small homebuilder. Current work focuses on the identification, evaluation, and layered understanding of contextual, historical, and design attributes of land-based heritage.

Because I had a chance to learn and practice carpentry and general contracting, mostly in a renovation context, I know old buildings from the rubble at the base of old foundations up through the split and ripped lath underlying old plaster, and back out to the galvanized steel gutters on the eaves. I’ve formed concrete, framed buildings, made cabinets and custom millwork, and installed both. I’ve also designed, priced, and managed hundreds of renovation and construction projects from single room alterations to master planning multi-year, multi-phase restoration life cycle projects.

What I love is work at an intimate scale where people are genuinely concerned about the artefact in question. Doesn’t really matter to me if it’s the old CHUM CITY TV Building or understanding the difference between two discordant wood mouldings and how they’ve found themselves in the same room – it’s the commitment and the caring that make it worthwhile.

Particularly:

Current Memberships:

Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
The Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada
Society of Architectural Historians (U.S.A.)
Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals

Pro bono publico:

Commemorative Appreciation: New Central School at 50
V.P., Board of Directors, Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals
CAPHC Representative on revised Ontario Heritage Act, 2005
Co-Chair, Oakville Heritage Trust
Chair, Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee

Previously:

E.R.A. Architects Inc., Toronto, Senior Project Architect
Chalykoff Master Builders, Oakville, Principal
Eric Connolly Architect, Georgetown, Project Architect
Chalykoff Construction & Design, Oakville, Owner
Gibson & Pokorny Architects, Toronto, Draftsman
Apprentice Carpenter and Grunt Labourer

Book Learning:

Cultural Heritage Landscapes Workshop, Heritage Resources Centre, U. Waterloo
Masonry Conservation for Historic Places, Parks Canada, City of Kingston
Thesis, Bachelor of Architecture Program, University of Toronto
Independent Studies, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Syllabus Program
Humanities Studies, Queen’s University at Kingston

Selected Projects:

Below is a selected list of projects with which I’ve been privileged to be involved. The (many) abbreviations used are spelled out below. (For project specific information, please scroll up and select “What I Do / Fees,” and then scroll down by project type.)

Adaptive Re-Use Projects

Church-Shuter Façade Conservation, Toronto, ERA, Private Client
Stone Distillery, Gooderham & Worts, Toronto, ERA, Private Client
Elihu Pease House Relocation & Alterations, Toronto, ERA, Private Client
Ruthven Park, Change of Use of Stables, Cayuga, ERA

Cultural Heritage Landscapes

Featherston Homestead, Lowville, (Burlington), Private Client
Hancock Woodlands, Cooksville, (Mississauga) City of Mississauga, Performed jointly with Owen Scott, Landplan Associates.
140-158 Bronte Road, Bronte, (Oakville), Private Client

Heritage Evaluation Statements

Featherston Homestead, Lowville, (Burlington), Private Client
Hancock Woodlands, Cooksville, (Mississauga) City of Mississauga, Performed jointly with Owen Scott, Landplan Associates.
140-158 Bronte Road, Bronte, (Oakville), Private Client
Woodhill Estate, Flamborough (Burlington), City of Burlington
174 King Street East, Cooksville, (Mississauga), City of Mississauga
Seaton House, 3083 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, City of Burlington
Farm House, Bronte Road, Milton, Private Client

Heritage Impact Assessments

Sangster Avenue, Lorne Park Estates, Mississauga, Private Client
Front Street, Mississauga, Private Client
Queen Street South, Streetsville, (Mississauga), Private Client

Peer Reviews

140-158 Bronte Road, Bronte, (Oakville), Private Client
299, 313 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, City of Burlington
5421 Dundas Street, Burlington, Region of Halton

Feasibility Studies

Massey Mansion, Jarvis Street, Toronto, ERA, Private Client
First Anglican Parsonage, Oakville
Old Mill & Shaft Machine Factory, Lindsay
Woodside Library, Oakville, ECA

Life-Cycle Projects

Parkwood Estate, Oshawa, ERA
CHUM CITY TV Building, Queen Street, Toronto, ERA, Terra Cotta Façade Conservation

Master Planning

Silver Creek Farmhouse, Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Revitalization of Private Estate, Oakville, Private Client

Expert Testimony

140-158 Bronte Road, Bronte, (Oakville), Private Client, OMB
Seaton House, 3083 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, City of Burlington, CRB
174 King Street East, Cooksville, (Mississauga), City of Mississauga, CRB

Design

Halfway House (ca.1910 Queen Anne) Oakville, Private Client
House on George’s Square, Oakville, Private Client

Abbreviations Used Above:

CRB Conservation Review Board
ECA Eric Connolly Architect as Draftsman or Project Architect
ERA E.R.A. Architects, as Senior Project Architect
OMB Ontario Municipal Board