Allandale restoration gets heritage award

January 21, 2015

The City’s restoration effort on the Allandale Station is being recognized by Ontario Heritage Trust, with the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation.
The award recognizes the most exceptional achievements of individuals, groups and organizations in conserving Ontario’s cultural and/or natural heritage through the completion of a specific project, and will be presented at a special ceremony in Toronto during Ontario Heritage Week next month.
“We are very flattered to receive this recognition,” says Mayor Jeff Lehman. “The City takes much pride in preserving its heritage and this is a wonderful testament to that. The Allandale Train Station is important to this city’s history and we wanted to ensure that we honoured that in our preservation efforts.”
Overlooking Kempenfelt Bay, the station was the hub of activity in the early 1900s, consisting of a passenger depot and restaurant as well as a two-storey office building. Rail services diminished over the years and the station was last used in the 1990s by VIA Rail and GO Transit as a passenger waiting room and for ticket sales.
In 2009, the City initiated the overall restoration of the historic buildings and the Allandale Station lands, which included the construction of a second GO Train Station. With the station’s past popularity and history in mind, the City began restorations based on previous site assessments and feedback from public consultations. Specialized restoration experts were engaged to refurbish historical artifacts on site and to perform the restorative external work.
Now that the restoration work is complete, the City will review next steps for the future use of this newly renovated space.

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