Conserving Our Heritage for Over 50 Years
ACO London has encouraged and actively participated in the drive to designate outstanding heritage properties – starting with Eldon House in 1977. Since then, we helped to compile the City’s first Inventory of Heritage Resources which is continually being updated. ACO London also actively advocated for the seven Heritage Conservation Districts designated so far. The branch has produced five publications to date – and we participate in the research, recording and archival conservation of the area’s architectural heritage resources.
ACO London continually monitors developments, acts to avert threats to the region’s heritage architecture, and informs the community on its potential to act and conserve our architectural resources whenever possible!
In an ongoing effort to make the community and visitors aware of the rich history contained in the buildings of the London area:
We organize events throughout the year including tours, speaker nights, and workshops, as well as our signature annual fundraiser, the Geranium Heritage House Tour, and our annual Heritage Awards Gala presented in partnership with Heritage London Foundation.
We influence public policy at municipal and provincial levels to help conserve heritage structures. We partner with other community groups in programming and advocacy on built-heritage related issues such as sustainable development, smart city-building, homelessness and affordable housing.
We encourage young people’s interest in heritage conservation through the ACO London Heritage Scholarship, and we provide small grants to owners of heritage properties to help with their restorations.
Celebrating Our Heritage
We love to celebrate great people and great projects!
Since 2006, ACO London and Heritage London Foundation have come together each year to jointly recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation of London’s built heritage.
We celebrate these achievements with an annual Awards Gala at the historic Delta Armouries Hotel to kick off Heritage Week every February with live music, good food, and great company!
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We also have sponsorship opportunities available for individuals, organizations and companies who believe in recognizing the very best heritage conservation projects and the outstanding individuals who do the hard work of advocating for the region’s heritage.
Supporting Future Conservationists
Our Scholarship was established in 2007 by former branch president, the late Ann Riddell. It encouraged students in Southwestern Ontario to enter heritage trades programs whose graduates will be the ones to ensure that the traditional skills needed to conserve and restore our architectural heritage will not become lost arts.
Over the past decade, the grant has evolved into the ACO London Heritage Scholarship. It is now open to post-secondary students from all types of trades and academic programs and disciplines, including applicants from outside of the London area — so long as the scope of their project has a clear connection to built heritage within the London and Middlesex County region. Part-time and international students are also eligible to apply.
The winning recipient will receive a $1,000 grant, a one year membership to ACO London, and two tickets to the annual Heritage Awards Gala held during Ontario Heritage Week.
Our applications have closed for 2019, but please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when we’re accepting scholarship applications for 2020.