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Discover Stories of Architecture

These articles are just the beginning!

The stories below introduce a number of “Favourite buildings” in Ontario, Canada. They were chosen by MPPs and range from new buildings to historic architecture. Each begins to tell a story of how it impacts the community, adds to an experience, or assists in meeting a specific goal.

The articles include links to more information about the architecture, the community, and those who inhabit or use the spaces.


  • Placemaking: Community engagement opportunities

    Placemaking is a process as well as a philosophy. It is based on creating better public spaces by involving everyone in their creation as well as setting the vision for the project. Placemaking is about collaboration of all the parties involved and is strongly attached to the idea of creating vibrant, lively places throughout an […]

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  • Community – Linking People + Architecture: the power of story telling

    People make communities unique. Their shared experience, geographical location, and history, together with their diversity, all work together to create an individuality that ultimately differentiates one community from the next. We travel or study to learn about others, in order to better learn about ourselves. Understanding others opens up our world. It is this uniqueness […]

    • Brook McIlroy Architects
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    Architecture as Community Symbol: Sharon Temple

    Architecture reflects values. More than a remarkable example of early wood architecture in Ontario, Sharon Temple stands as a symbol of the community’s core values of equality, peace and social justice. Created as a place of assembly by the Children of Peace, a breakaway sect of the Quakers, the temple remains a testament to one […]

    • E.R.A. Architects (Restoration)
    • Courtesy of E.R.A. Architects Inc.
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    Architecture shapes healthy communities: Les Chater Family YMCA

    Architecture responds to social needs– Recognizing the importance of sports and recreation to the development of a healthy city, this YMCA provides the perfect backdrop for the community to grow, engage and play. A New Community Hub More than just a gym, this YMCA forms part of the larger Hamilton South Mountain Complex which includes […]

    • Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners in association with Garwood-Jones & Hanham
    • Perkins + Will Canada Inc.
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    Architecture inspires learning: Richard Ivey Building, University of Western Ontario

    Architecture enhances the academic experience – Building upon a long-standing academic tradition, the Richard Ivey Building is designed to support the school’s signature method of learning. Providing a modern take on the traditional collegiate quadrangle, the Richard Ivey Building is an elegant addition to Western’s campus which carefully balances a respect for the university’s heritage […]

    • Hariri Pontarini Architects
    • Ben Rahn / A-Frame
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    Architecture as Celebration: Graydon Hall

    Architecture Creates Unique Experiences – Tucked away among leafy suburban streets, this English-style country home brings together architecture, landscape architecture and interior design to create the perfect setting for celebration. Built as the “sportsman’s paradise” home of Canadian financier Rubert Bain, Graydon Hall brought together a talented team of architects, landscape architects, and interior designers […]

    • George & Moorhouse
    • Ryan Falkenberg
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    Architecture as Culture: LIUNA Station

    Architecture responds to local needs – Reflective of Hamilton’s past and present, this former C.N. railway station stands as a reminder of the importance of the railway in the early prosperity of this industrial city, while acting as a beacon of new economic opportunities in the adaptive reuse of our heritage. Erected along the city’s […]

    • John Schofield (C.N.R. Corporate Architect)
    • Library and Archives Canada / PA
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    Architecture as Community: Victoria Hall

    Architecture inspires action – Threatened by neglect and near-demolition, Victoria Hall once again stands proudly as the heart of Cobourg – thanks to an active community that saw the potential in this handsome 1800s structure. Victoria Hall was conceived as a three-storey sandstone community hub for the growing town of Cobourg located in Central Ontario. […]

    • Kivas Tully; Restoration: Peter John Stokes Architect, Chapman and Walker
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    Architecture as Destination: Dark Horse Estate Winery

    Architecture has the power to entice people to visit a community. In the competitive world of agri-tourism, this winery is a trailblazing pioneer that understood the importance of creating a landmark destination as it aims to establish a new industry in Huron County. Built as one of the first estate wineries in the region, Dark […]

    • William J. Krohn, Architect in association with VELD Architect
    • Courtesy of Dark Horse Winery Estate
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    Architecture as Placemaker: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

    Architecture creates a project for today that incorporates the past – A blend of old and new, this Centre for the Performing Arts marks a turning point for its waterfront site – from a 19th century industrial brewery to a 21st century cultural epicentre. The only facility of its kind in the region, the centre […]

    • N45 Architecture Inc. in association with Snøhetta Architecture Design Planning P.C.
    • Doublespace Photography (Amanda Large & Younes Bounhar)
  • We all have a role in making change. Architecture impacts everyone, everyday.

    Whether we are working, learning, exercising, relaxing, or exploring an interest; alone or with family, friends or colleagues, architecture provides the backdrop, shapes the experience, or creates an environment for our activities. To better understand architecture, we invite you to become aware of the spaces you inhabit, use, or move through and how each makes […]

    • Rob Fiocca

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