Posted on May 4, 2016
Written by Don Procter
This year’s theme for Doors Open—a public celebration of Toronto’s architecture from May 28 to 29—is “Re-used, Re-visited, Re-vised.” It is an apt theme for the times.
“I would say Toronto has become a showcase for adaptive reuse,” says Michael McClelland, a founding principal of ERA Architects, a firm long associated with the design model.
A short walk through downtown Toronto streets finds an historical gem or two here and there that have been repurposed or renovated for modern use. Prime examples are the iconic Maple Leaf Gardens, now home to Loblaws and an ice arena for Ryerson University, and the renovated 401 Richmond, an early 20th-century factory converted to one of the city’s arts/cultural hubs. Outside downtown, the Evergreen Brick Works and Wychwood Barns—now an arts and culture hub called Artscape—are among prominent makeovers.