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Tremont Recognition (Posted On: Sunday, November 21, 2010)

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Richard and Anke Lex are pleased to announce that restoration of The Tremont has been awarded the Peter Stokes Restoration Award. This award, present annually by the Architectural Conservatory of Ontario, recognizes those responsible for the exemplary restoration of significant heritage structures, undertaken in accordance with the accepted policies and practices of heritage conservation in Ontario.

The award was presented at the annual ACO dinner held at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto on Friday, November 19th.

The awards committee chair Susan Ratcliff noted that, “A once decrepit building ready for demolition is now a remarkable gem in Collingwood's downtown heritage district. This outstanding project raises the bar for the restoration of heritage architecture in Ontario, and will serve as a model for other dreamers across the province."


The award honours Peter Stokes, ACO’s pioneering restoration architect, best-known for bringing international standards of heritage conservation to his projects throughout the province. Mr. Stokes played a vital role in the early development of the Collingwood Heritage District. His work in 1981, with the help of architecture students from the University of Waterloo, provided the first background study to what would later become the Heritage Conservation District."

The Tremont project involved the preservation, restoration and revitalization of an important 1889 designated building in the Collingwood Heritage District and its adaptive reuse to provide commercial opportunities and live/work space for the creative sector. The historic Tremont building underwent a 16-month restoration beginning in June 2009. The building is now home to The Bay School of Art, The Tremont Cafe, The Elihu Book Room, nine artist studios and four third floor apartments.

The photo shows - From right to left: Bowie Lex, Nina Lex, Christine Cowley (nominated the project) Annette Snowdon (VP of ACO Collingwood), Anke Lex, Richard Lex, Lloyd Alter (president of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario).

For more information please contact Richard or Anke Lex at (705)445-5764 anke@thetremont.ca or visit theTremount website.    

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