U. OF T.’S NEW ARCHITECTURE BLDG. WILL COMBINE URBAN & LANDSCAPE DESIGN WITH HISTORY

ONESPADINA3If you live in TORONTO, you’ve no doubt seen this building. It sits in the middle of a streetcar roundabout on Spadina Avenue, just north of College Street. ONE SPADINA was built in 1875 by the Presbyterian Church as Knox College, a theological institute now part of the University of Toronto.

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It later became the Spadina Military Hospital, where aviator AMELIA EARHART worked as a nurse’s aid tending to wounded soldiers. There’s been at least one murder in the building, and an accidental death when a female professor, looking for ghosts, plunged to the ground in 2009 while attempting to jump from one part of the building to another.

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After a $50-million renovation, ONE SPADINA will be transformed into the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture. The revitalization will include a 50,000 sq ft glass addition to the rear, design studio spaces, an advanced fabrication lab, a 400-capacity hall for public events, and a public gallery.

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PHOTO BELOW – 1 Spadina Crescent in the middle, and the circular Lord Lansdowne Public School bottom right – http://www.Kevo89/blogTO/March 6, 2010

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<NIGHT PHOTO ABOVE – Wyatt Clough/The Varsity>

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