In 2012, at our annual general meeting, the membership overwhelmingly voted to put our donation dollars to work on practical architectural restoration projects in Port Hope’s downtown core. Scaffolding went up at the commercial block at Walton and Ontario streets to clean the brick of its blue paint and let the natural colour of the original brickwork shine through.
Re-pointing and other masonry repairs were addressed at the same time. The paint was removed with scrubbers and water — but it had to be done.
What We've Done Recently
In 2011, ACO Port Hope provided the funds to ensure the replacement windows in the restored Walton Hotel were duplicates of the originals. All windows were put in place. The building has found new owners, and continues to be restored.
What We've Done Over the Years
Over the years, the Port Hope Branch of The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario has supported such projects as:
St. Mark's Church Restoration
VIA (Grand Trunk) Railway Station
"Little" Railway Station
Union Cemetery Caretaker's Cottage
Restoration Heritage Trades Scholarships
Booklets on Walking Tours of Port Hope
ACO Port Hope is a collection of volunteers, residents who pitch in, get done what they can, in the belief that by coming together difference is made. Similarly, this website is much better for this shared effort. We welcome suggestions for improvement and content. Please send any to the website editor.