Alice’s Village Cafe and Gourlay Ruins win architectural conservation awards

(From the City of Ottawa.)

The Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards recognize excellence in the preservation of the City’s architectural heritage. Submissions were received in the following categories: Restoration (returning a heritage resource to its original form, material and integrity); Adaptive Re-Use (modification of a heritage resource to contemporary functional standards while retaining its heritage character); Additions (new additions to historic buildings); Infill (new construction within an historic context) and Other (conservation of engineering works, gardens, landscape features). A jury of three heritage professionals reviewed the submissions and awarded both Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit in all five categories. The full list of winners is here…

Two Carp-area projects are among the winners:

Alice's Village Cafe
Alice’s Village Cafe

Carp Village Café and Apartments, 3373 Carp Road
Award of Excellence, Residential/Commercial
Category: Infill

This new mixed-use red-brick building is home to Alice’s Village Café and two residential apartments on the second floor. It is located at the former site of the garden of St. James Rectory, which was built in 1905. The jury observed: “This project fulfills all the expectations of excellence for infill, as well as the goals of the Carp Community Design Plan. The new building has brought new commercial services into the core with a multi-functional building that respects its historical context but is unquestionably of its own time. The new building’s massing, materials and form harmonize with its neighbouring heritage structures, and its tight setback from the street perpetuates the traditional streetscape of small-town commercial properties with respect to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.”

Malcolm Wildeboer B.Arch OAA MRAIC, Vandenberg & Wildeboer
Shawn Argue, Argue Construction LTD – President
Greg Winters, MCIP RPP, Novatech Engineers, Planners, Landscape Architects
Crystal Therrien, Alice’s Village Cafe – Owner


Gourlay Ruins
Gourlay Ruins

Gourlay Ruins, 131 Gourlay Lane
Award of Excellence, Residential/Commercial
Category: Other

When the owners of 131 Gourlay Lane purchased the lot in the Elmwood subdivision, the walls of the historic Gourlay house remained in badly deteriorated condition on the property. Rather than demolish the historic stonework, the owners saved the ruins and incorporated them into the landscaping of their property. The jury noted: “The stabilization of the ruins of a large house and the project’s integration into a modern landscape demonstrate excellence in the craft of stonemasonry and respect for an existing resource which was an excellent candidate for a new role in a new setting. New elements on the landscape are sensitively integrated into the historical fabric and are subordinate to it. The site speaks poetically of the long history of the village of Carp and surrounding farmland.”

James Reid, Keystone Traditional Masonry Inc.
Mark Mallette, Mallette Landscaping
Carole Anne Walsh, Mallette Landscaping – Designer
Pete and Sue Chatelain – Owners


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