Vanderlaan

Project Summary

Vanderlaan Land Development

Vanderlaan

Simcoe, ON

2019-2020

Private - Confidential

900 sq.m.

The Queen’s Hotel was one of many historic buildings in downtown Simcoe, and was directly across Robinson Street from the Vallee office. Vanderlaan Land Development purchased the building after it had fallen into a terrible state of disrepair with the intention of restoring the building to its former glory. G. Douglas Vallee Limited was retained as the Heritage Architect, Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, and Land Use Planner for the restoration project.  Despite Vallee’s strong determination to save this historic building, investigations and studies revealed that the building was not salvageable.  Vallee was then commissioned to prepare a design for a new building that would be sympathetic to the original heritage of the site.  The Heritage Architectural group at Vallee researched historic photos of the hotel, laser scanned the dilapidated building prior to demolition, and made every effort in the design process to mimic the Queen’s Hotel with the new building design.  Vallee was able to secure approval from Norfolk County Council to allow an encroachment onto Robinson Street to facilitate the construction of a portico of similar nature to the original Queen’s Hotel structure.  The historic photo and the rendering of the new building demonstrate Vallee’s efforts to preserve the heritage of this site. By taking care to preserve the historic significance, the site will be revitalized to its former status as a landmark in the downtown area.

The new building will be used for office space, and small-scale residential apartments.