The Biographical Directory of ARCHITECTS IN CANADA


contains excellent information on architects who were born in Stratford and those  who worked here in the early years of the city.    

Many public buildings, including the original Town Hall as well as the present City Hall, and private homes are identified in the directory.           


                                                         Biographical Dictionary here




      Grand Trunk: A City Built on Steam, Stratford, Ontario 




The documentary film, "Grand Trunk: A City Built on Steam, Stratford, Ontario" celebrates the story of of how the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) was responsible for the social, cultural and economic development of the city of Stratford.

The documentary was named the winner of the 2018 Media Award, presented by the Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO).

A co-production of Powerline Films, and ACO Stratford-Perth County, the film has been shown in a number of venues and was picked up for broadcast by TVO Ontario.

Written and presented by author and historian, Dean Robinson, the 30 minute documentary captures the feel of a bygone era through interviews with local residents who worked at the shops and the use of rare photos and never-before-seen film footage.

The production was testimony to the generousity of Stratford residents including local singers and musicians who gave their time to participate in "All Aboard", a fundraising concert held in 2017, and to individuals and companies for their donations. The film also received a big fundraising boost from the Ontario 150 Community Celebration Programme.

DVDs are available at the Stratfor-Perth County Archives on Huron Road (Highway 8).




 ACO Book Celebrates 80 Years!


80 for 80: Celebrating Eighty Years of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario


The ACO is marked its 80th anniversary with the publication of the book, 80 for 80: Celebrating Eighty Years of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. The handsomely illustrated book profiles eighty among the hundreds of buildings and structures across Ontario that ACO has had a hand in saving since it rescued one building, the Barnum House near Grafton, in 1933.


The book portrays the many creative ways that ACO’s branches and volunteers have found to rescue historic places at risk and build the case for heritage preservation in communities across the province.


The book costs $30 and you can order it through our branch at

ACO Book - 80 for 80