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    August
    2014

    Ontario Place’s entire site identified as a Place of Provincial Cultural Significance

    As part of the recently released plan to revitalize Ontario Place, which closed in 2012, the province designated the entire Ontario Place site, as a provincial heritage property of provincial significance.  Attached below is the statement of cultural heritage value. Description of the property Ontario Place is located off the shore of Lake Ontario on Toronto’s […]

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    July
    2014

    Construction set to begin on first phase of Ontario Place revitalization

    The provincial government says it will start the first phase of its planned Ontario Place revitalization in the next few months. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau says construction is expected to begin soon on the first phase of the project — a new urban park and waterfront trail expected to open in […]

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    July
    2014

    Sir John Carling building to be demolished Sunday

    The abandoned Sir John Carling Building near the Experimental Farm is to be demolished Sunday in a controlled explosion. The former headquarters of Agriculture Canada was vacated several years ago over asbestos and other concerns. A $4.8-million demolition project began last year after Public Works officials balked at the estimated $57- million cost to renovate. […]

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    June
    2014
    Universal Man Yorkdale

    Yorkdale an unexpected font of Toronto history

    Can a mall have history? Malls are all about fashion, and fashion changes fast. New clothes, new decor, and new facades erected out front of once-familiar stores like an ever-changing Hollywood back lot. There’s no looking back, unless a retro style is in for a season. Yet Yorkdale Shopping Centre turned 50 this year and though it […]

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    June
    2014

    SkyDome, now Rogers Centre, turns 25

    ‘The world’s greatest entertainment centre’ still stirs debate It’s hard to believe it was 25 years ago that SkyDome, now Rogers Centre, opened. The world’s first retractable roof stadium opened June 3, 1989, in a ceremony you have to watch to believe. A key impetus for building SkyDome was a rain-soaked 1982 Grey Cup game […]

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    May
    2014
    Looking up from bottom of ramp

    The scholars weigh in on Toronto Modernism

    ‘First come the gays, then the girls, then the industry,” says Samantha Jones to aspiring actor Smith Jerrod during the final season of Sex and the City. With a few tweaks, I think the same can be said for modernist architecture: First comes the grassroots, then the fashion-forward/creative-types, then the scholars. After that, hopefully, the general […]

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    May
    2014
    View of rear facade

    London Modern, for your consideration

    ‘This is the building that started it for me,” says librarian and architecture enthusiast Sandra Miller. “When I first moved to London I thought, ‘This is an interesting building, what’s the story?’” London City Hall is indeed interesting; it’s another example of the importance given to Canadian civic buildings in the Modernist period. Designed by award-winning, local architect […]

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    April
    2014

    Gander airport to be traded-in for new terminal

    The Gander Airport Authority made a tough choice in order to keep its terminal afloat, but the decision could leave the architectural gem that is the current airport at risk. The 200,000-square-foot international airport will be left for a building a quarter of the size to keep the operation viable. The terminal, which was built in […]

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    April
    2014

    Toronto City Hall and Civic Square and the Strutt House honoured with with the Prix du XXe siècle

    Strutt House, Aylmer, PQ – 1955-1956 Architect: James W. Strutt Canadian architect James W. Strutt, is one of many architects who consider his own house to be a “signature piece” of his long and distinguished career. Located in Aylmer, Quebec, the building is a deceptively simple integration of structure, building science and planning. The house […]

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