Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd.

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2013 Heritage Toronto Awards Nominee

Spadina Historic House and Gardens
285 Spadina Road
Commissioned by: Museum Services, City of Toronto
Architectural/Design Firm: George Robb Architect
Craftspersons/Contractors: Multiple

Constructed for the Austin family in 1866, “Spadina” had been altered and expanded several times before being acquired by the Ontario Heritage Trust and the City of Toronto, restored, and opened in 1984 as a museum. Completed between 2010-2012, this project involved the comprehensive re-restoration of the interior to harmonize the period of interpretation of all the museum rooms to the 1920s and 1930s. The project drew on detailed documentation of the house from that period, and included restoration of woodwork, wood floors, linoleum floors, wallpaper, paint, plaster cornices and medallions, glass work, and the re-creation of the servant quarters on the third floor.

Spadina Historic House and Gardens, 285 Spadina Road is nominated for a 2013 Heritage Toronto Award in the William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship category. This category honours owners who have undertaken projects to restore or adapt buildings or structures that have been in existence for forty years or more or are included on the City of Toronto’s Inventory of Heritage Properties. In addition to the quality of craftsmanship, appropriateness of materials, and the use of sound conservation principles, the jury considers how well the project meets current needs while maintaining the integrity of the original design vision.

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