WILLIAM GRER ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATION AND CRAFTSMANSHIP CATEGORY
Honourable Mention – Hubbard Park Apartments: 42 Hubbard Boulevard
Architect: Van Elslander Carter Architects Inc.
Crafts Persons/Contractors: Lisgar Construction Co.
Sustainable design solutions were applied to resolve deteriorating building conditions and increase energy efficiency in this adaptive re-use project that cored out the original structure. Care was taken to design new amenity spaces at roof level to be minimally visible from street level and to protect the exterior through construction. Built in 1927, this 3-storey red brick structure has significant design value as an apartment building that blends 20th century architectural styles, particularly Tudor and Art Deco. The classical pediment and column surround at the front entrance were retained and the stained glass was restored and hung in the lobby space in the new design.
The Jury noted that this comprehensive rehabilitation project successfully maintained this heritage building’s relationship with the neighbourhood built context. At the same time, this project enlarges the discussion and understanding of sustainable, adaptive re-use.