Queen Street heritage home ceremony

Media Release

February 11, 2020

Queen Street property heritage designation to be celebrated February 13

 Conn and Diana McAdorey chose to invest in a designated heritage property in Chatham that has been adapted from its original use as the Canada Business College, built in 1905, to an 11-unit luxury apartment building.

There are several examples of heritage properties in Chatham-Kent that have been adapted for reuse. Buildings that were once churches, factories, industrial buildings or grand single-family homes have been retrofitted for new uses allowing these structures to retain their historic integrity while meeting the needs of modern occupants. 

Conn and Diana McAdorey might have chosen a new development but preferred to invest in a heritage building.

“We were immediately drawn to the Dutch Renaissance architecture and excellent condition of Queen’s Court.  Learning more about the storied history of the building, and its longstanding place in Chatham’s history, deepened our interest…We will continue to maintain Queen’s Court to the impeccable standard that it deserves.”

Susan Simpson, Chatham Kent Municipal Heritage Committee Chair, said that adaptive reuse strives to minimize impact on the environment by using less new material and generating less demolition waste.  This “green” approach ensures the preservation of our built heritage in a non-invasive manner.      

Mayor Darrin Canniff sees the value in preserving and protecting our built heritage as heritage properties contribute to keeping the economic engines humming. Not only do heritage properties increase tourism and residency attraction but heritage properties also attract investment in Chatham-Kent.          

Mayor Darrin Canniff, Municipal Planning Staff and members of the Municipal Heritage Committee will be presenting the McAdoreys with a welcome gift basket on February 13th at 3:00 pm. 


For more information contact:

Susan Simpson
Municipal Heritage Committee

 Darrin Canniff
Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Media Contact:
Jim Blake
Communications Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3624


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