Andrex takes pride in preserving and enhancing heritage buildings in our community. This extends beyond restoring our own buildings to sharing approaches and heritage resources with others.
We believe in the importance of sharing the stories of how our built environment has evolved over generations.
In addition to cultural and heritage organizations that Andrex contributes to, featured below are some of our favourite online resources and blogs.
Andrex proudly provides financial or other support for these organizations carrying out great work within the community.
Heritage Ottawa promotes awareness, appreciation and preservation of outstanding examples of historic buildings and places in Ottawa and the National Capital Region.
Andrex sponsors its popular Lecture Series, featuring a wide range of speakers and topics central to Ottawa's history and heritage.
The Ontario Heritage Trust is dedicated to identifying, protecting, renewing and promoting Ontario's rich and diverse built, cultural and natural heritage that has influenced and continues to shape our society for the benefit of present and future generation.
The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra is an integral part of the Ottawa’s vibrant classical music community and has a lineage dating back over 115 years. It is the only full-size symphony orchestra in region presenting major works of the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Odyssey Theatre creates critically hailed Canadian plays and dynamic adaptations from the international repertoire. Theatre under the Stars summer productions in Ottawa’s Strathcona Park appeal to a broad audience.
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada's largest and foremost cardiovascular health centre dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing heart disease.
Regeneration of heritage buildings is what we do. Over the years, Andrex has renewed buildings so that they can endure into future generations.
Andrex Holdings is founded by Sandy Smallwood, with the vision to acquire, restore and adaptively reuse historic buildings.
Saving it from demolition, Andrex fully restores the Davidson House at 190 Bronson Avenue.
This 1889 building not only serves as our office space, it stands as an example of what Andrex does best - bringing new life to special buildings.
The Panet House at 189 Laurier Avenue East is acquired by Andrex for conversion into office space. Later, Andrex's restoration receives national attention.
315 Daly Avenue is designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act by the City of Ottawa, recognizing the difficult but highly appreciated work undertaken to preserve a unique piece of architectural heritage.
Award of Excellence from the City of Ottawa for the adaptive reuse of Panet House, recognizing Andrex's excellent architectural work in keeping with the historical character of the neighbourhood.
Acquisition of Wallis House, saving it from demolition.
Award of Excellence from the City of Ottawa for the restoration and conservation of the Fleck-Paterson House, recognizing Andrex's excellent architectural work in keeping with the historical character of the neighbourhood.
The Davidson House at 190 Bronson Avenue is designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, recognizing its historical and architectural significance.
The Strathcona is designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, recognizing the historical and architectural significance of The Strathcona and its importance in Ottawa's development.
In appreciation of Andrex’s heritage conservation achievements in preserving, protecting, and promoting Ontario’s rich heritage, the Ontario Heritage Foundation presents Sandy Smallwood with a Community Heritage Recognition Program Achievement Award.
Award of Excellence from the City of Ottawa for the restoration and conservation of Wallis House, recognizing the project as contributing to the heritage character of the nation's capital.
Sandy Smallwood is acknowledged by The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Ontario Minister of Culture in a speech introducing the province’s new Ontario Heritage Act.
"I would remind the member from Nepean-Carleton about the beautiful heritage property that we've preserved in Ottawa. It's not only because of the politicians, but also because of the developers in our area. I point out again Sandy Smallwood, who is in attendance today and has a lot of positive experience. I wish that you all had one Sandy Smallwood in your community. I wanted to take two minutes to speak about Wallace House[sic]. Wallace House is a success story. This was the first hospital in Ottawa, and it was to be demolished. Sandy preserved it. Now it's 40 beautiful loft apartments in Ottawa, and everybody enjoys it. Thank you again, Sandy, for doing that.”
Legislative Assembly of Ontario | Debates & Proceedings | Debates (Hansard) | Official Records for 14 June 2004.
The Heritage Canada Foundation awards Andrex with its Corporate Prize for Andrex’s 30+ years as a recognized leader in the redevelopment of landmark buildings. Presented to Sandy Smallwood by The Honourable Norman Kwong, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
"For more than 30 years, Andrex Holdings Limited of Ottawa, Ontario, has been a recognized leader in the redevelopment of landmark buildings. From acquisition and adaptive reuse to long-term management, the company has been dedicated to providing clients with an unparalleled urban living and working environment. In several instances, the company’s intervention has saved buildings from demolition. Among the examples cited by the awards jury were Wallis House – built as a hospital in 1873 which had fallen into disrepair, Andrex Holdings Ltd., converted it into 40 loft-style condominium apartments, and Davidson House, a stately Queen Anne residence built in the 1890s that the company restored and converted into their own offices. Other significant projects include the restoration of the Panet House and the Fleck-Paterson House – two initiatives which received a City of Ottawa Award of Excellence for Adaptive Reuse."
Andrex is recognized by the City of Ottawa for the restoration of The Windsor Arms’ stone and brick parapets. The parapets had previously been dismantled in the 1990s for safety reasons, and the restoration work executed two years earlier by Keystone Traditional Masonry reinstated the building’s original massing and presence.
Acquisition of the The Massee Apartments in Macon, Georgia. The Massee is a Macon architectural landmark, with handsome ornamental work surrounding the doorway, wide terracotta tile terrace and wrought iron railings, door grilles and torches completing the stage for its dramatic entrance. Learn more at themassee.com.
Andrex restores the main entrance doors of The Windsor Arms. The original exterior leaded stained glass panels are brought back to life by Northern Art Glass. At the same time, the panels of the inner entrance doors - damaged and removed decades earlier - are recreated based on the design of the exterior doors.
The terrazzo floors of The Strathcona are brought back to their original lustre.
The Windsor Arms' terrazzo floors are restored to their original shine.
Andrex maintains a library of various resources to assist in the restoration and maintenance of heritage buildings, mainly geared toward heritage apartments and commercial buildings. Our reference material is located in Ottawa and is accessible at no charge to accredited persons and groups.