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RBC Donates Opera House To ACO Port Hope


RBC Helps Promote Heritage Conservation through Donation to Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO)

Inaugural performance at the St. Lawrence Music Hall, later to be known as the Opera House, at its opening in 1871.
Photo Courtesy of porthopehistory.com

This week, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) and the Royal Bank of […]

2019-11-01T17:56:18-05:00October 30th, 2019|Blog Post|

A Bit Of Queen’s History In Port Hope

After my May 1969 graduation as a civil engineer, my wife Lois and I, along with our then-young son James, Sc’90, MBA’95, moved to my paternal grandparents’ com­munity of Orono, Ontario. I completed my articles for On­tario Land Surveying in 1971 and, after working as a Survey Systems Engineer for Hewlett Packard, I returned to the land survey profession in […]

2019-07-24T15:43:06-05:00July 24th, 2019|Blog Post|

Building A Healthier Option

We’re Running Out Of Time To Save The Historic Port Hope Hospital

Building A Healthier Option For The Historic Port Hope Hospital Together

The protection of a community’s heritage is complex. Our heritage is a non-renewable resource and it is a basis for our […]

2019-04-07T08:54:07-05:00March 19th, 2019|Blog Post|

Battle To Save Historic Port Hope Hospital Going Strong

Since posting a petition nine months ago and asking for your support, there have been several developments regarding the designation of the historic Port Hope Hospital at 65 Ward St.

By far one of the more significant developments in this campaign was the recent municipal election and a change of council members. While support for the historic hospital is still present […]

2019-03-19T11:01:00-05:00March 19th, 2019|Blog Post|

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, February 21, 7 pm for 7:30
Sculthorpe Room, Capitol Theatre

One order of business will be to vote for next year’s Executive. The Slate is: Anna Gray: re-elect as Director

Marielle Lambert: elect as Director

Susan Layard: elect as Director

Hugh Parker: re-elect as Director and Treasurer The following Directors were elected last year for a […]

2019-02-19T10:12:19-05:00January 21st, 2019|Blog Post|

ACO Port Hope – 2018 Municipal Election Candidate Survey Results

The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario recently completed a new strategic plan titled, The Past, Our present, Your future. The organization’s mission states: “Through education and advocacy, to encourage the conservation and re-use of structures, districts, and landscapes of architectural, historical and cultural significance to inspire and benefit Ontarians.”

With this goal in mind as well as from numerous references in several […]

2018-10-22T15:53:53-05:00October 17th, 2018|Blog Post|

Special Advisory to all ACO Port Hope Members

On Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 Port Hope Council will debate a motion from Mr. Hickey and Mr. Lees to rescind its adopted motion to designate the historic 65 Ward St.

We urge you to attend if you can – best to come early, for there might be few seats at the 6:00 PM start time.

2018-08-29T17:22:05-05:00August 29th, 2018|Blog Post|

Royal Canadian Legion Sends Letter of Support for Historic Port Hope Hospital

If you drive by the site on Ward or Hope street today, the historic hospital is practically invisible, hidden by fencing and overgrown shrubbery.  It does indeed present the appearance of a derelict building, lost to view; apparently of no value; what folks of the heritage trade term: demolition by neglect.  The image is meant to contradict our goal that […]

2018-08-29T16:52:27-05:00August 29th, 2018|Blog Post|

In 1911, Townspeople Rallied to Build a Hospital for Port Hope.

They sacrificed for us. It’s our turn to save this important building, so they are never forgotten.

“Everybody Here Says the Hospital Campaign is the greatest thing that has come to Port Hope since Confederation.”

This was the sentence typed on subscription cards for residents of Port Hope to donate money to hospital trustees for the first public hospital of Port Hope. […]

2018-06-13T11:26:21-05:00June 12th, 2018|Blog Post|

ACO Port Hope Aims To Set The Record Straight On Southbridge

Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) Port Hope has launched a fact first campaign in our fight to save the historic hospital that treated our WWI soldiers during and after the war.

Why? It’s important. A vital piece of our town’s history and future is at stake. Our historic former hospital is at the mercy of Southbridge Care Homes, […]

2018-06-07T16:39:52-05:00June 6th, 2018|Blog Post|

ACO Port Hope in Uphill Battle to Save Historic Hospital That Treated WW1 Soldiers

Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) Port Hope has a fight on its hands – one worth every ounce of our commitment and best efforts.

You know the David and Goliath story?

The ACO Port Hope Advocacy Committee is standing up tall and proud for the grouping of heritage buildings at 65 Ward St. under threat of demolition by an outside for-profit company […]

2018-06-07T15:23:46-05:00June 5th, 2018|Blog Post|