Historic New Home for Algoma Conservatory of Music.
We are requesting your financial support of this important Northern Ontario cultural, heritage and urban-redevelopment project. The Algoma Conservatory of Music has acquired the General Administration Building at the former St. Mary's Paper Mill site, now known as Mill Square. It is designated as a building of historic and architectural significance under the Ontario Heritage Act. This extraordinary sandstone structure was completed in 1901 by Francis H. Clergue as his North American headquarters.
Building on its 42 year reputation of excellence, the new facility will allow the Algoma Conservatory to greatly expand group music programs that were limited because of inadequate space. This will establish one of the most distinctive music education centres in Canada, will assist in the redevelopment of the Canal District and Mill Square, and breathe a second century of life into this irreplaceable local landmark.
Featuring unique studios with soaring ceilings, massive oak framed windows, stained glass, slate roof and a picture perfect staircase, this is certainly one of the most remarkable buildings in Sault Ste. Marie. Basic room divisions need few revisions and considerable renovations and upgrades were done in the 1990s making it possible to create a state-of-the-art music education and performance centre for millions of dollars less than building a new facility.
In addition to teaching studios the building will house an elegant performance space with outstanding acoustics and excellent sound, lights, projection and recording equipment. There will also be a reception/dining area and kitchen. This new venue will be perfect for a wide range of community functions including concerts, films, business meetings and weddings.
The developers took great effort to preserve all five of the historic sandstone buildings, the foundation for the site's re-invention as Mill Square. They are considered to be some of the finest examples of neo-Romanesque architecture in North America. A major documentary is now being produced about the history and redevelopment of this historic site.
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