The city has awarded their 2020 Heritage Awards to two local buildings. Guy Traficante at the Algoma Conservatory of Music and The Machine Shop owned by Tony Porco.
In a conversation with Porco, he said he was happy to be recognized.
“I’m am so grateful to be the recipient of The Heritage Award for Sault Ste. Marie, and we have a lot more to do. I appreciate being recognized and want to thank all that have voted for us as well as the people of Sault Ste Marie who made this all possible,” said Porco. ” I hope the city realizes that with their co-operation, this section of waterfront can be a grand tourist attraction for many more years to come.”
According to the Machine Shops website, built in 1899, the 122-year-old building doesn’t look much different than it did when Francis H. Clergue built it. It’s original purpose was to house machines which reduced the water content in wood pulp making it more marketable.
The Machine shop now houses a wedding venue and restaurant among other things inside the walls.