15 Queen Street Initiative

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Are you a student or recent graduate? Apply now to get real-world experience as an Emerging Heritage Consultant.

ACO NextGen has partnered with Cookstown Community Development Team (CCDT) to provide a small group of students with real-world experience in architectural preservation.

Successful applicants will create a proposal for the restoration and reuse of 15 Queen Street, Cookstown, ON.

If you are a student or emerging professional seeking experience in the fields of historic preservation, architecture, adaptive reuse, planning or a related field, your skills are needed.


The Project

A historic building in the middle of Cooktown’s historic preservation district is now vacant and at risk of being demolished. The CCDT is seeking the support of NextGen members to help them create a visual report of what this building could look like, if given the proper attention.

This report would include a rendering of the restored building with a proposed new use. It would be used by the CCDT to show the community and local stakeholders, including politicians and developers, that the building is worth restoring and preserving. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information about 15 Queen Street, Cookstown, ON.


Your Role

You will work with a small team of three or four students/emerging professionals to envision what a revived version of 15 Queen Street could look like. This will include consideration of the building’s history, its context within a historic district, and other architectural, historical and planning considerations. As a group, you will present your completed report to the CCDT.

NextGen is seeking at least one student to join as Emerging Heritage Consultant in EACH of the following categories:

  • ARCHITECTURE: Experience using a rendering software to create a realistic visual, with access to visualization software
  • HERITAGE: Knowledge or interest in historic architecture and restoration
  • PLANNING: Knowledge or interest in planning as it relates to heritage
  • COMMUNICATIONS: Skills in researching, writing, presenting, project management

Emerging Heritage Consultants will be expected to contribute 5-10 hours over the time of one month towards the completion of this project.

This group will report to the ACO NextGen chair and a representative from the CCDT.


Apply Now

This program is now full. Please stay tuned for upcoming ACO NextGen Emerging Heritage Consultant initiatives.


The Building

The above images above provide glimpses of the history of the historic property located at 15 Queen Street in Cookstown.  This once prominent building, built in 1893, is located in the centre of the commercial district of the Cookstown Heritage Conservation District in the village of Cookstown. 

In the fall of 2017 the property was purchased and over the next 6 months, the leases held by the existing tenants were terminated or allowed to terminate and the building has remained vacant since. 

Today, the building is a shadow of its former beauty, but still plays an important role in the streetscape. The CCDT believes that, with proper treatment, this building could be revived and continue to contribute to the historic downtown.