WHO KNEW THAT UNDER MARTY MILLIONAIRE’S BLUE EXTERIOR WAS AN ELEGANT BRICK FACADE?

Built in 1907 and occupied for 36 years by Marty Millionaire’s furniture emporium, a three-storey Italianate low-rise will soon become Free the Children’s WE Learning Centre. This first class reno is in an east end neighbourhood (Queen E. at Parliament) that’s being gradually re-energized. <PHOTO ABOVE – booledozer/Wikimedia Commons>

It seems there once was a bowling alley upstairs.

APPROVED DESIGN FOR “THE ONE”, 82-STOREY FOSTER+PARTNERS CONDO PROJECT, YONGE @ BLOOR

<Looking east along Bloor Street W. towardsThe One’>

A settlement has been ratified between Mizrahi Developments and the City of TORONTO to begin work on ‘The One’, a high-end building at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor.

<Looking north towards ‘The One’ along Yonge St.; the high-rise on the right has already been constructed>

Above the 6 retail floors in the podium and a below-grade concourse level there’ll be a 10-storey hotel and 60-storeys of condominium suites. Both a construction and sales launch are planned for September.

<RENDERINGS – Mizrahi Developments>

RIVERSIDE’S LANDMARK HOTEL GETS A TOTAL MAKEOVER AND IS ABOUT TO RE-OPEN ITS DOORS

<Two years ago the Broadview was covered in tarp as restoration work began>

Another of TORONTO’s 19th century hotels has been given a new lease on life – this time by Streetcar Developments. The company, headquartered in Riverside (Queen Street East at the Don River), purchased the 126-year-old building and has been working on it for the last couple of years.

First named Dingman’s Hall after an Alberta oilman, it became the Broadview in 1907. Then it was renamed the Lincoln Hotel, then back to the Broadview. By the 1970’s it was boarding house with JILLY’S, a strip club on the ground floor.

“We’ve restored it to its original purpose – a neighbourhood gathering place and hotel – while keeping in mind its various incarnations through its 125-year history,” says Jeff Schnitter, Streetcar’s VP of architecture.  <PHOTO ABOVE – the old Broadview sign will be part of the new decor>

The street-level café and bar will serve breakfast, take-out and coffee during the day and become a cocktail and champagne bar at night. <IMAGE – Norm Li>

The Rooftop Restaurant features a skylight and floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s housed in a glass box. <IMAGE – Norm Li>

The tower will be open for private events, with room for 20 diners or 30 for receptions. On the seventh floor, this part of the old hotel features exposed brick and wood, arched windows and a vaulted ceiling. <Interior Design credit: DesignAgency / Rendering credit: Norm Li>

On the opposite side of Queen Street East, Streetcar Developments is working on another new development – Riverside Square<IMAGE BELOW>

A VICTORIAN GHOST REAPPEARS AS RYERSON U. UNVEILS PLANS FOR AN URBAN INNOVATION CENTRE

Hidden behind a 1960‘s-era facade, a 40,000-square-foot piece of Victoriana, chimneys and all, will soon be part of Ryerson University’s $46-million Centre for Urban Innovation. The 1886 heritage building once housed Canada’s first pharmacy school, and until recently was the university’s Theatre Arts School.

The Centre for Urban Innovation will bring together researchers of separate but related subjects with a focus on nutrition, energy and water in an urban context. Carol Phillips of Moriyama and Teshima Architects is the lead designer of the project.

The Ontario College of Pharmacy Gerrard Street East entrance, built in 1887, was demolished and replaced by a modern facade in 1963. <PHOTO – City of Toronto Archives>