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    December
    2013

    Heritage experts object to Bank of Canada’s plans to change “iconic” building

    Completed in 1979, the Bank of Canada head office was immediately hailed as an architectural gem. Symmetrical glass towers flank the grey-granite building which had established the Bank’s presence on Wellington Street since the 1930s. Where the original building communicates permanence and weight, the 1970s structure by architect Arthur Erickson is light and welcoming. The […]

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    November
    2013

    Bank of Canada renewal plan stirs controversy

    The complex at 234 Wellington St. is “a marvellous work of art,” says Phyllis Lambert, founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and of Heritage Montreal. Lambert was also director of planning for the Seagram Building, a New York City skyscraper built in 1958 and regarded as a modern masterpiece. “How do we […]

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    October
    2013

    Happy 40th Birthday Robarts Library!

    Happy Birthday Robarts Library! Today you are 40. The more time I spend in you, the more I like you. 40 years of watching over the U of T campus and withstanding the grumps and grumbles of undergrads and grads, all while keep their books safe and providing so many dozens of nooks and crannies […]

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    July
    2013
    Union du Canada Building

    Builder can demolish Union du Canada building, heritage panel rules

    Claridge can tear down the old Union du Canada insurance building at 325 Dalhousie St. but only if it replaces it with a shorter hotel than it previously wanted to build, the city’s committee on heritage buildings decided Thursday. The developer already has permission to renovate the 11-storey landmark on the edge of the ByWard […]

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    July
    2013

    Carling building finally coming down

    The demolition of the Sir John Carling Building, once home to approximately 1,200 federal bureaucrats, was held up as government officials determined what to do with the property. This summer, workers from AIM Waste Management Inc. are inside the building performing “removal and separation of all fixtures and building materials,” Public Works stated in an e-mail to OBJ. […]

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    July
    2013
    Union du Canada Building

    Claridge asks to demolish Union du Canada building rather than renovating it

    Having received permission for a major renovation to turn the Union du Canada headquarters on the edge of the ByWard Market into a hotel, Claridge Homes is instead asking to tear it down. The developer hopes to squeeze about the same number of rooms into a shorter building and head off an appeal of the […]

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    March
    2013
    Union du Canada Building

    Union of Canada building already tall and ugly, might as well get taller and prettier, heritage experts say

    The plans call for adding 17.5 metres, or more than 50 feet, to the existing 11-storey concrete and glass building on Dalhousie Street, in addition to re-cladding the outside and renovating the inside. Claridge needs permission from the city’s committee on heritage buildings because the tower is in a heritage conservation district, where individual projects […]

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    March
    2013
    Butler House approach

    A lesson in zoned architectural protection from Ottawa

    Pop the cork and grab a cigar: Two weeks ago, Canada’s first protected mid-century modern neighbourhood was born. Weighing in at 23 homes on two curving streets, this bouncing architectural wonder from the 1960s, Briarcliffe, is now a Heritage Conservation District and, fittingly, it’s in our nation’s capital, Ottawa. By all accounts, it was a […]

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    February
    2013

    As Regent Park rebuilds, a pause to consider what came before

    The British-born architect Peter Dickinson came to Toronto in 1949, and worked here until 1961, when death took him, at age 36. In the dozen years of an extraordinarily prolific career, he dotted the local landscape with buildings that were hailed at the time as gems of festive, svelte design – the Benvenuto Place apartments, […]

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