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20161215. The 1925 Gothic Revival McLaughlin Motor Car Showroom facade now forms part of the ground floor of the Burano Condominiums (Architects Alliance, ERA Architects, 2012).

20161215. The 1925 Gothic Revival McLaughlin Motor Car Showroom

20161208. The nearly finished SQ Condominiums in #Toronto’s redeveloping Alexandra Park, contrast strongly but fittingly with the turn of the century mid-rise commercial buildings of Spadina Avenue.

20161208. The nearly finished SQ Condominiums in #Toronto's rede

20161020. New additions to the steadily densifying South Core include, from left to right, the Sun Life Financial tower, Harbour Plaza Residences (under construction) and RBC WaterPark Place III.

20161020. New additions to the steadily densifying South Core in

20160306. Toronto’s 1927 Canadian Westinghouse Building has donned an exoskeleton.

20160306. The 1927 Canadian Westinghouse Building has donned anThis is a great example of the Commercial Style Architecture, also known as Chicago Style as this form was developed in Chicago after the 1871 fire. It’s metal skeleton framing was a new development allowing for buildings of greater height, more floor space and maximum light and ventilation as opposed to the load-bearing brick buildings that came before it. This building has Classical detailing and terra cotta trim – a rare combination in Toronto.

Although heritage-designated, property owners are allowed to develop on site. The building’s North and West faces are to be incorporated into the King Blue Condos (48 and 44 storeys) designed by Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects and developed by the Greenland Group. This condominium comes with a Section 37 payment of $1.25 million for public amenities.

20160218. Bye Hilton Garden Inn (200 Dundas E), hello Dundas Square Gardens (condos).

20160218. Bye Hilton Garden Inn (200 Dundas E), hello Dundas Squ

The hotel was originally a mid-century modernist office building with some redeeming elements as shown in the image below from the 1960’s. Thanks to Chuckman’s Photos on WordPress (https://chuckmantorontonostalgia.wordpress.com/).

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