Architect FRANK GEHRY and theatre impresario DAVID MIRVISH have been given a green light from TORONTO’s Chief Planner JENNIFER KEESMAAT to proceed with plans for two towers, a contemporary art gallery, an off-campus facility for OCADU, restaurants, retail and offices on King Street West at John. It’s now up to city council to give the final go-ahead. <PHOTO BELOW – the two towers from the north>
In this revised plan, a 20th-century warehouse, the facade of another, and the Princess of Wales Theatre have all been saved. <PHOTO BELOW – interior Princess of Wales theatre>
The condominium towers are taller than in the original scheme – 92 and 82 storeys – and there are two of them, not three. Architect FRANK GEHRY was born in TORONTO. As a teenager, he and his family moved to California where eventually he became a world-renowned architect. Three of his best-known projects are the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Dancing House aka ‘Fred and Ginger’ in Prague, Czech Republic. Impresario DAVID MIRVISH owns and/or programs the Princess of Wales, Royal Alexandra, Ed Mirvish, and Panasonic theatres.