Located in Barrie’s downtown, construction on the MacLaren Art Centre commenced in 1999 and was completed in the fall of 2000. The original building was the City of Barrie Library, constructed in the early 1800’s and known as the Carnegie Hall. The project consisted of the removal of the 1930 addition to the Carnegie Hall, restoration of the Carnegie Hall along with a modern addition to the structure. Great attention to detail was paid throughout the project which involved many different finishes and building techniques.
The renovations were completed by the end of the summer of 2001, and the new building opened to a crowd of 7,000 people in late September 2001. The resulting new building is a beautiful, open, blend of old and new. The new building has won much critical acclaim and several architectural awards including the 2003 Ontario Association of Architects Award for the Best Building under $10 million.
Project Manager: Lisa Bertram
Site Super: Harry Holgate (deceased)
Start Date: 1999
Completion Date: Fall 2000
Delivery: On time