Title of Research Output

Vision SoHo

Faculty

History

Supervisor Name

Michelle Hamilton

Keywords

World War I, World War II, Vision SoHo, London Ontario, London Community Foundation, Soldiers, Public History, Local History, Mapping, ArcGIS

Description

Formed by the London Community Foundation (LCF), the Vision SoHo Alliance is a partnership between six non-profit housing developers, which includes Chelsea Green Home Society, Homes Unlimited, Indwell, Residenza Affordable Housing, London Affordable Housing Foundation, and Zerin Development Corporation. Vision SoHo Alliance will create 650-unit apartments, of which 30-60% will be affordable units, in seven buildings on the former South Street Victoria Hospital property. Most buildings will be located on the block bounded by Waterloo, South, Colborne, and Hill streets. Another building will be constructed at the northeast corner of South and Colborne. Indwell purchased the former Faculty of Medicine building and War Memorial Children’s Hospital to be redeveloped as housing and designated as heritage buildings under the Ontario Heritage Act.

The Vision SoHo Alliance tasked Western’s Public History Program with researching and compiling stories of St. David’s Ward, now known as the South of Horton, or SoHo neighbourhood (bounded by the Canadian National Railway and Adelaide Street with the Thames River acting as a natural south-west barrier), the former Western Faculty of Medicine building (1921), and the War Memorial Children’s Hospital (1922). This research included orally interviewing Londoners who had or have ties to the SoHo area. This is in effort to preserve the history of one of the oldest and most culturally diverse area in London, and which changed demographically following the medical school moving to Western’s main campus in 1965, the closing of War Memorial in 1985, and of Victoria Hospital in 2013.

Western’s MA Public History Program plans to use the compiled research and recordings to curate a digitally interactive outdoor exhibit installed in the green spaces of the Alliance’s property, which will highlight the significance of the neighbourhood and the area’s medical history.

The Vision SoHo World War I Soldiers Map adds to the research by mapping ethnic and religious data from the Canadian censusses to show change over time. Partnered with Vision SoHo Alliance, 'Vision SoHo' aims to create a sense of place through history for future residents through itnerpretive signage. Additionally, researching how First and Second World War affected SoHo communities adds to the project by entering data from well established census projects, Library and Archives Canada, and local historians' research. By constructing this map, residents will be able to view it after scanning a QR code in one of the outdoor signs. Also, the map will serve those interested in the area or the broader topics discussed.

Acknowledgements

Thank you to Professor Michelle Hamilton, Vision SoHo Alliance, the Western USRI Program, and the Department of History for all of the support throughout the completion of the map.

Document Type

Poster

Event Website

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/be348014b46a447d92e7cc9f37634374

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Vision SoHo

Formed by the London Community Foundation (LCF), the Vision SoHo Alliance is a partnership between six non-profit housing developers, which includes Chelsea Green Home Society, Homes Unlimited, Indwell, Residenza Affordable Housing, London Affordable Housing Foundation, and Zerin Development Corporation. Vision SoHo Alliance will create 650-unit apartments, of which 30-60% will be affordable units, in seven buildings on the former South Street Victoria Hospital property. Most buildings will be located on the block bounded by Waterloo, South, Colborne, and Hill streets. Another building will be constructed at the northeast corner of South and Colborne. Indwell purchased the former Faculty of Medicine building and War Memorial Children’s Hospital to be redeveloped as housing and designated as heritage buildings under the Ontario Heritage Act.

The Vision SoHo Alliance tasked Western’s Public History Program with researching and compiling stories of St. David’s Ward, now known as the South of Horton, or SoHo neighbourhood (bounded by the Canadian National Railway and Adelaide Street with the Thames River acting as a natural south-west barrier), the former Western Faculty of Medicine building (1921), and the War Memorial Children’s Hospital (1922). This research included orally interviewing Londoners who had or have ties to the SoHo area. This is in effort to preserve the history of one of the oldest and most culturally diverse area in London, and which changed demographically following the medical school moving to Western’s main campus in 1965, the closing of War Memorial in 1985, and of Victoria Hospital in 2013.

Western’s MA Public History Program plans to use the compiled research and recordings to curate a digitally interactive outdoor exhibit installed in the green spaces of the Alliance’s property, which will highlight the significance of the neighbourhood and the area’s medical history.

The Vision SoHo World War I Soldiers Map adds to the research by mapping ethnic and religious data from the Canadian censusses to show change over time. Partnered with Vision SoHo Alliance, 'Vision SoHo' aims to create a sense of place through history for future residents through itnerpretive signage. Additionally, researching how First and Second World War affected SoHo communities adds to the project by entering data from well established census projects, Library and Archives Canada, and local historians' research. By constructing this map, residents will be able to view it after scanning a QR code in one of the outdoor signs. Also, the map will serve those interested in the area or the broader topics discussed.

https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/usri/usri2022/ReOS/301