The lands immediately adjacent to the Cataraqui Cemetery, the final resting place of Sir John A MacDonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, were subject to a development proposal featuring a range of apartment block buildings. MTBA was retained by the proponent to explore the potential impact of the proposal with respect to heritage value within the subject site and the Cataraqui Cemetery through the Cultural Heritage Impact Statement (CHIS) process.
Reflecting the unique nature of the development context for this site, MTBA lead and participated in a series of multi-disciplinary reviews, considering input from heritage, architectural, planning, and environmental disciplines, which together informed the basis of the design concept for the proposed development, completed by others. Other review initiatives included historic research, precedent studies (Canada, USA, and Europe), detailed site review, review of proposed development, and development of alternate concept development studies to mitigate the impact on adjacent heritage assets.
It was important for all parties involved including the City of Kingston, the Proponent, and other affected parties to fully understand the visual impact of the proposed development, especially outward from the grave site of Sir John A MacDonald, a National Historic Site. In order to address this, MTBA created a large-site 3D model to explore site concepts for infill, adaptive use, and other potential interventions relative to the grave site. MTBA successfully demonstrated the visual impact while assisting the Proponent to minimize their proposal’s impact on adjacent heritage assets