What Heritage D D e e s s i i g g n n a a t t i i o o n n does NOT do: • Restrict the use of property • Impose onerous obligations or undue expenses to maintain property • Render property ineligible for insurance coverage • Restrict the sale of property • Enable public access to private property without the owner’s consent Caring for Old Buildings: What Not to Do • Do not neglect the building by avoiding routine maintenance and regular upkeep. Costs add up unnecessarily and work can become more complicated; • Do not use conjecture with regard to “restoring” missing heritage elements or by introducing “period” elements that would not otherwise be suitable; avoid the “ye olde” approach to heritage restoration; • Do not construct additions that are out of scale with the heritage structure or which conflict visually because of the choice of exterior finishes and detailing. • Do not cover, remove or replace original and older details with modern materials that do not match (e.g. replacing wood sash windows with plate glass panels or with vinyl casement windows); • Follow these simple rules: a) repair instead of replace; b) but when replacement is necessary replace only what you must; and c) work with similar replacement materials if possible; • Do not use inappropriate building materials, coatings and finishes such as stucco over masonry walls or using hard mortars for repointing old brick, etc. • Respect the “patina” of an old building. Over-zealous cleaning particularly with harsh products or methods can destroy the authentic character and age of a building; • Do not gut an interior of its original and period finishes in order to “modernize”. Elements such as original baseboard, plaster ceiling medallions, window and door trim, period light fixtures, staircases, mantelpieces and stained glass windows are critical heritage fabric that helps ensure a building retains its character and value. • Hire consultants, architects, structural engineers and contractors who specialize in heritage buildings. Ontario Heritage Act – Page 19 Heritage Designation … continued Rather, it introduces a review and approval process to ensure that proposed changes are sympathetic to existing heritage attributes and features (as cited in the designation statement) and to the overall character of the property. Heritage designation can be used to control demolition. Council has the power to prevent demolition of a building or structure located on designated property. Owners of designated heritage properties may be eligible for grants, tax rebates and other financial incentives. They also have direct access to advice and technical information from the heritage professionals associated with municipal heritage committees. The Ontario Heritage Act also contains enforcement provisions. Under the Act certain activities are illegal. For example, it is illegal to demolish a designated heritage property without a valid demolition permit. Designation does not negatively impact property values, prevent the introduction of modern conveniences nor obligate a property owner to restore lost or damaged heritage features. For more information on designation, or if you want your municipality to consider your property for heritage designation, please contact your municipal heritage staff, municipal heritage committee or the Planning Department. Architecture is like fashion: different styles come and go over time, and most buildings reflect a combination of styles, rather than a single one. Buildings often have layers of materials.