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Monday, November 28, 2022
NOTL heritage consultant Jim Alexander named Living Landmark
Jim Alexander is flanked, from left, by Lyle Hall (Niagara Foundation president), Patty Alexander (Jim’s sister), Erica Alexander (Jim’s wife), Anna Lee Benjamin (Jim’s sister) and Janice Thomson (past-president of the foundation). (Ben Taylor) Ben Taylor

Niagara-on-the-Lake resident Jim Alexander is officially a Living Landmark.

The heritage consultant, builder, cabinet maker and expert on historic home restoration has been honoured with the Niagara Foundation’s Living Landmark award.

The award has been given annually since 2006 to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of life in Niagara.

In introducing him to the 100 attendees at a dinner last Saturday evening, Niagara Foundation past-president Janice Thomson noted that “Jim’s commitment to supporting Niagara-on-the-Lake’s heritage runs deep.”

Many organizations, projects and celebrations have benefited from his leadership, she said, including the War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee, Friends of Niagara National Historic Sites, the Rotary Club, Scouts Canada, various Canada Day celebrations and the citizens committee for Ontario Heritage Years.

He also received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and was NOTL’s citizen of the year in 1993 and

Alexander’s role as president of Old Niagara Workshops Ltd. and his expertise has led to many commissions to restore architectural elements for historical properties in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

He also has been involved in the restoration of major architectural elements for significant historical properties in St. Catharines, Port Colborne, Niagara Falls and Toronto.

Farther afield, he has been worked on projects for Parks Canada across Ontario and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

“The Niagara Foundation believes that honouring residents who make this town a special place to live should be one of our priorities,” said Niagara Foundation president Lyle Hall.

“As development and density pressures continue to challenge the heritage and built form here in Niagara-on-the-Lake, we will continue to be a voice that promotes the history, traditions and culture of the Niagara area,” he said.