Recently the Ontario Heritage Trust recognized Bruce Linton for his unsparing support of the restoration of the post office, an important Smiths Falls architectural and cultural landmark.
Linton received a 2020 Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation. The Ontario Heritage Trust outlined this impressive restoration project in the summary below.
"The Restoration of the Fuller Post Office, Smiths Falls"
"More than 80 post offices were designed by the architect Thomas Fuller for the federal Department of Public Works between 1881 and 1897. These iconic buildings anchor many communities in Canada and communicate the power and prestige of the then-new federal government. The Fuller Post Office in Smiths Falls was completed in 1894 and has substantial architectural and cultural value. Bruce Linton, founder of Canopy Growth, purchased the building and undertook a 15-month restoration that was completed in 2020. Bruce and his team of 75 professionals, 95% of which were local to Smiths Falls, extensively researched this building and restored valuable architectural details and millwork using traditional methods, or sourced accurate materials where original sources or replacements were unavailable. This project is playing an influential role in enriching a local culture of conservation and has inspired other built heritage conservation projects on the same commercial block. It has motivated those builders to follow suit in quality, research and conservation ethics, and generated additional commercial and residential development in Smiths Falls’ downtown commercial area."
The post office is one of 17 Smiths Falls locations that are listed on the Ontario Heritage Trust register.