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 – 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. <PHOTOS BELOW – 1) looking from the east; 2) west along King Street; Mirvish+Gehry, Projectcore inc.>
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. <PHOTO BELOW>
DAVID MIRVISH is our city’s #1 theatre impresario. He owns and/or programs the Princess of Wales, Royal Alexandra, Ed Mirvish, and Panasonic theatres.