The old Don Jail (1862-65), revitalized, rebuilt, renovated (2011-12)

TORONTO’s notorious old Don Jail, is undergoing a massive makeover.  Thanks to Bridgepoint Health and Diamond & Schmitt Architects, this Victorian-era structure will soon be the centrepiece of a new medical campus.  A 10 storey, 472 bed hospital is rising adjacent to the old jailhouse, which will eventually house the Bridgepoint Research Centre.  Inside – the jail’s rotunda is being restored; a tiled-over glass floor and the skylight are both being uncovered.  Plans are to bring all walkways, gargoyles and railings back to their original lustre.  INTERIOR PHOTOS BELOW – Kaori Furue