The Strutt House: Conserving the 'Modern' case study

Onsite visit: 
There will be a tour of the ‘Strutt House’ and its surrounding gardens located on the Eardley Escarpment of the Gatineau Park. The tour would be an opportunity to see what is happening at the Strutt House, which is in the middle of the conservation project. Life safety and stabilization initiatives have been completed, and the deferred maintenance is underway.
Comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate wear is required. The site includes many uncovered exterior stairs and uneven terrain.
Presentation component:

The presentation will reflect the conservation work on the home of Canadian Modernist Architect James Strutt. This is a joint project between the Fondation Strutt Foundation and the National Capital Commission, and is supported by a committee of architectural, engineering and heritage practitioners from across Canada.  A brief background on the Architect - his influence, strategies and project execution – will be followed with a summary of the heritage structure report, and the ongoing work to stabilize/conserve this iconic home.  

A brief background on the Architect, his influences, strategies and project execution, is followed by a summary of the heritage structure report, and the ongoing work to stabilize and conserve this iconic home. Lecture/seminar participants will be given priority registration for an associated site tour.

Session Details

Session ID: 
Friday, May 26th, 2017: 2:00pm - 5:30pm
3.0 Structured/Core AIA LU
Venue : 

Session Speaker(s)

Titania Truesdale, OAA (Intern), MRAIC

Managing Director, Fondation Strutt Foundation

Ms Truesdale’s career evolved through city-planning/aerospace/systems-engineering when she returned to attain her M.Arch from Carleton University (2004). She is a Director of the Fondation Strutt Foundation (FSF), a Modern Architectural Heritage NGO that’s supports research, scholarship and conservation projects. She is a heritage and sustainability associate with PTAH Consultants Inc., and a sessional instructor at Carleton and Algonquin.

Brian Hierlihy, OAA, CAHPM, CIM

Consulting Associate, PTAH Consultants Inc., Architects

Mr Hierlihy has been the principal of an practice since 1983. He served on the OAA Computer Graphics project, Practice Ethics project, Practice Committee, and Heritage Conservation Roundtable; the NMS Policy Committee (for the RAIC and CCAC). He served as a Director for CCOC (Ottawa public housing), Eastern Valley Heritage Foundation, and APT. His interests: heritage conservation, building science, stewardship issues.

Frédéric Carrier

Chief Architect, National Capital Commission.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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