DEVELOPERS ARE FINDING WAYS TO SAVE HERITAGE BUILDINGS IN TORONTO’S DOWNTOWN CORE

STNICHOLAS2    Fortunately some TORONTO developers are finding ways to save the old, while building the new – as opposed to the ‘tear ‘em down and start over’ approach.  <PHOTO ABOVE> a development on St. Nicholas Street at St. Mary incorporates an elderly warehouse with a new condo tower<PHOTOS BELOW> – late 19th century commercial buildings on Yonge Street; Hariri Pontarini Architects. A new 48-storey modern tower behind incorporates a half-block of low brick buildings on Yonge with a couple of warehouses dating back to 1905 around the corner on St. Joseph.

STJOSEPH1STJOSEPH2The historical preservation involved restoration of the Yonge Street frontage, new windows, roofs, storefronts and cleaning of the brick facades.  The finished project below . . . .  .   http://www.fivecondos.com

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THE MANSION WHERE ERNEST HEMINGWAY ONCE LIVED WILL SOON BE UPROOTED

gooderham1 gooderham2 An 1884 mansion <ABOVE – ON THE RIGHT>, once belonging to HENRY GOODERHAM, a distillery magnate, will soon be uprooted and moved forward a few metres to accommodate a 50-storey condominium tower.

GOODERHAM3 The neighbouring James Cooper Mansion <PHOTO ABOVE> went through a similar procedure.

GOODHERHAM5The large structure behind, once part of a Clarion Hotel and former home to BOOTS, one of the city’s largest gay dance halls, will be demolished.

GOODERHAM6While ERNEST HEMINGWAY worked as a reporter for the Toronto Star, he made his home here, at 592 Sherbourne Street, south of Bloor Street East. The book ‘Ernest Hemingway Dateline: Toronto (1920-24)’ contains all 172 pieces that Hemingway wrote for the Star.  <RENDERINGS – bKL Architecture, Chicago>