Market Street Development (1880)

10-12 Market Street, Toronto, Ontario

2015 Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Award (Adaptive Reuse/Rehabilitation)

Located in Toronto’s historic Saint Lawrence neighbourhood, the modest commercial building at 10-12 Market Street was commissioned by local politician William Cayley in 1880 and operated as the Armory Hotel. Along with the adjoining 8 Market Street (1899) and with 87 Front Street (1858 and 1871), it forms a handsome streetscape that stands as a reminder of Toronto’s 19th century commercial heritage. Extensive alterations and decay over the years meant that conservation was a significant undertaking involving the stabilization of the brick façade during construction of a new steel-frame structure, masonry repairs and restoration, the design of appropriate wood replacement windows, and the reconstruction of a character-defining cornice based on historical documentation. The result is a successful adaptive use that has transformed a formerly derelict building and seamlessly integrating it into an inviting, low-rise, pedestrian-friendly urban streetscape.

Owner: Woodcliffe Landmark Properties
Architects: Taylor Smyth Architects, Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd Architects

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