A pair of awards will be handed out next week by the Guelph Wellington Architectural Conservancy of Ontario for heritage restoration and craftsmanship. Plasterers George Hewson and Ian Pettifer are this year’s recipients of the ACO’s Stonehammer Award. The award goes to a trades person, architect or company for exemplary work in heritage restoration. Now retired, Hewson and Pettifer used traditional plastering techniques to restore cornices and other architectural elements, such as the moulding in St. George’s church that had been damaged by water. Meanwhile, Christa Niravong and Frederick Schuett will receive this year’s Gordon Couling Award for Restoration for repurposing Elora’s Chalmers Presbyterian Church into a residence and a home business. The church’s 60-foot bell tower is now a training venue for rappelling for the couple’s business, ONE AXE Pursuits. The Gordon Couling Award is handed out for exemplary restoration or adaptive re-use of a significant local heritage structure. Both awards will be given out at the Guelph Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala on June 26.
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