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June 20, 2019

TSA at Pride!
Held yearly since 1981, Toronto’s Pride parade was born as a march seeking to give a voice to the LGBTQ2 community in its fight for...
Image Credit: Toronto Society of Architects
Architectural Credit: Toronto Society of Architects

February 06, 2017

Laneway House (2004)
Location: TorontoArchitects: Kohn Shnier Architects (Martin Kohn, John Shnier, Vis Ramasubramanian, and Jean-Louis Rivard) Structural:...
Image Credit: Tom Arban/Michael Awad
Architectural Credit: Kohn Shnier Architects
-Kohn Shnier Architects

December 15, 2016

Laneway Housing Initiative by inhabitTO inspired by Montreal
inhabitTO, a downtown sustainable architecture firm headed by Lia Maston, has expanded their efforts to include design for laneway structures...
Image Credit: Illustration: Jeff Kulak
Architectural Credit: Lia Maston in association with Architecture Microclimat

October 03, 2016

Graydon Hall Manor (1936)
Location: Toronto, ON Architects: George & MoorhouseDate of completion: 1936Nominated by:  Hon. Michael Coteau,...
Image Credit: City of Toronto Archives
Architectural Credit: George & Moorhouse

June 30, 2016

Castle Frank (1794-1829)
Few building types are as intrinsically knit into Ontario's cultural identity as the cottage, the wilderness retreat of thousands of Ontarians...
Image Credit: Castle Frank, a house created by Governor Simcoe near York, Upper Canada, 1796, Elizabeth Simcoe - sketches, Simcoe family fonds, F 47-11-1-0-231, Archives of Ontario
Architectural Credit: n/a

March 24, 2016

TPL Scarborough Civic Centre Branch (2015)
  Location: Toronto, ON Architects: LGA Architectural Partners Inc. and Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint ventureDate of...
Image Credit: Ben Rahn / A-Frame
Architectural Credit: LGA Architectural Partners Inc. and Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint venture
-LGA Architectural Partners Inc. and Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint venture

March 18, 2016

Skygarden House (2015)
Location: Toronto, ON Architects: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design Date of completion: 2015OAA Awards 2016 Design Excellence WinnerSituated on...
Image Credit: Shai Gil
Architectural Credit: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
-Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

March 11, 2016

Harbord Towns (2015)
Location: Toronto, ONArchitects: Superkül Inc., ArchitectDate of completion: 2015OAA Awards 2016 Design Excellence WinnerProviding...
Image Credit: Ben Rahn A-Frame Studio
Architectural Credit: Superkül Inc., Architect
-Superkül Inc., Architect

March 10, 2016

Grange Triple Double (2014)
Location: Toronto, ONArchitects: Williamson Chong ArchitectsDate of completion: 2015OAA Awards 2016 Design Excellence FinalistLocated on a corner...
Image Credit: Bob Gundu
Architectural Credit: Williamson Chong Architects
-Williamson Chong Architects

March 07, 2016

Daniels Spectrum (2012)
Location: Toronto, ON Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects Date of completion: 2012 OAA Awards 2016 Design Excellence FinalistLocated on...
Image Credit: Lisa Logan
Architectural Credit: Diamond Schmitt Architects
-Diamond Schmitt Architects

March 01, 2016

Aga Khan Museum (2014)
Location: Toronto, ONArchitects: Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates Date...
Image Credit: Gary Otte
Architectural Credit: Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates
-Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates

February 29, 2016

Runnymede Branch Library (1930, 2005)
Like many other building types, libraries are constantly facing ever-changing needs, needing frequent improvements and upgrades in order to...
Image Credit: Photo courtesy of Toronto Archives, 1930
Architectural Credit: John M. Lyle (1930) and G. Bruce Stratton Architects (2005)
-G. Bruce Stratton Architects

February 19, 2016

Toronto Reference Library (1977)
Within the Toronto Public Library system, considered to be the busiest urban library system in the world, no library is bigger than the...
Image Credit: Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Architectural Credit: Raymond Moriyama Architects (1977), Moriyama & Teshima Architects (2014)
-Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Toronto Reference Library (1909)
Of the 111 libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie in Ontario, none was larger (or more expensive) than Toronto’s first purpose-built...
Image Credit: Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co. Ltd., Montreal and Toronto, 1910. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library
Architectural Credit: Wickson & Gregg and A.H. Chapman, Associated Architects

February 17, 2016

The Story Behind the Benjamin Brown Records
This past Friday, February 12, the Ontario Jewish Archives opened the exhibition Benjamin Brown: Architect, featuring original drawings,...
Image Credit: Elevation drawing of the Beth Jacob Synagogue on Henry Street, 1919-1922. Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 49, series 1, file 2
Architectural Credit: Benjamin Brown
-Jay Levine

January 26, 2016

The Great Library of Osgoode Hall (1860)
“The Library, too, here to be seen, noble in its dimensions and aspect, must, even independently of its contents, tend to create a love...
Image Credit: : City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 3153 (c.1910)
Architectural Credit: Cumberland and Storm (1860), Bruke and Horwood (1895)

January 19, 2016

Mount Dennis Branch Library (2013)
“Not only has the building never looked better; many hope it will be a harbinger of the good things to come to a part of town where that...
Image Credit: Stephane Groleau
Architectural Credit: G. Bruce Stratton Architects
-G. Bruce Stratton Architects