Among the architectural metamorphosis occurring in Toronto are glorious condominiums designed to create a contemporary look while incorporating heritage aspects of the buildings that went before. As you can imagine, developing a new condominium on the site of a well-loved historic property requires a mountain of paperwork and approvals, and I must say, our builders are doing a beautiful job of it. For example, look at the completed and occupied 100 Yorkville, which includes the historic façade of the old Mount Sinai Hospital. It is a lovely building that fits in well with its surroundings.
Highly successful King Blue Condominiums is on the go right now at King Street West and Peter Street in Toronto’s Entertainment District. The Easton’s Group of Hotels enlisted Page + Steele / IBI Architects to design this modern building in collaboration with ERA Architects for the preservation of elements of the historic Westinghouse building façade on the site. I cannot wait to see the finished product, which will be absolutely stunning. The Carlaw in Leslieville has a modern exterior that incorporates brick elements that speak to the former industrial makeup of the surroundings.
At Yonge and Bloor, construction on FIVE Condos at St. Joseph is progressing well, and that condominium also promises to be an architectural masterpiece. Graywood Developments Ltd. and Mod Developments Inc. are spearheading the revitalization of this prime urban area. The exterior of the modern 48-storey building is by Hariri Pontarini Architects, and ERA Architects is restoring aspects of historic 1880s buildings on Yonge to house new retail venues. The façade on St. Joseph Street includes the restoration of a four-storey 1905-‘07 Gothic Revival warehouse façade. Construction continues to be impressive, with the existing historical façade supported by a massive steel structure. This is one of the largest retention projects ever in the City of Toronto, and it is incredible.
These are but three examples of the exciting development going on in Toronto. These buildings will add tremendous character to their streetscapes. Everything old really is new again!