École du Sacre-Coeur was built in 1912-13, designed by Francis Sullivan early in his career, and sits on a half-acre site with a mixed surrounding context in Hintonburg, a central area neighbourhood of Ottawa. It remained a well-functioning school for 75 years before being converted to a residence /daycare /education facility and was subsequently unoccupied for several years.
A comprehensive investigation, research, analysis and evaluation report was commissioned by the local public school board as part of its process to sell/dispose of the surplus site. In order to protect the important local resource, the community sought and eventually obtained Part 5 designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.
MTBA’s report successfully saved the Board substantial legal and other costs, and helped them sell the property more quickly and at a higher price. It also helped the designation process and turns the scenario into a win-win-win for the Board, the purchaser/developer, and the community. It is considered one of our conservation success stories. Independent heritage evaluation found, when using the same base criteria prescribed by the City of Ottawa (History, Architecture, Environment) that the building legitimately scored 7 out of a possible 9 points, making it a potential good candidate for heritage designation.