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Old December 16th, 2006, 07:14 PM   #101
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Old December 18th, 2006, 07:14 PM   #102
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Thanks for the update
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Old January 8th, 2007, 03:19 AM   #103
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ROM Steady Progress

Here's a couple of pics from Jan 3/07, taken by AlmightyFuzzy at UT...the first layer of cladding is now complete, they are now adding supporting studs for the second layer, which will be of a special aluminum made in Germany..

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Old January 8th, 2007, 03:20 AM   #104
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Excellent update!
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Old January 8th, 2007, 04:16 AM   #105
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where is it located?? i didnt see it when i visited toronto last xams holiday?
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Old January 8th, 2007, 05:29 AM   #106
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Looks neat
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Old January 8th, 2007, 06:28 AM   #107
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where is it located?? i didnt see it when i visited toronto last xams holiday?
Avenue rd. and Bloor. I can't wait to see what the cladding will look like.
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Old January 9th, 2007, 04:58 AM   #108
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i absolutely LOVE this building. i wasnt sure if i would or not but i def do!
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 06:25 AM   #109
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Love this building. It will start the ball rolling on the revitalization of this section of Bloor Street. The area has great energy, but 2nd and 3rd rate architecture with the exception of this building and the Club Monaco store across the street.

Plans call for the widening of sidewalks, public benches, trees, and other greenery. Bloor-Yorkville is the highend shopping district, but the buildings mostly previous slum fixer uppers.
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 06:15 PM   #110
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Speaking of revitilization on this part of Bloor, we should be showing in this thread what's happening to the Royal Conservatory of Music, next door... what a classy project that is!

Do you think that project warrants its own thread, or should we stick them in here?
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 07:14 PM   #111
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The area has great energy, but 2nd and 3rd rate architecture with the exception of this building and the Club Monaco store across the street. Bloor-Yorkville is the highend shopping district, but the buildings mostly previous slum fixer uppers.

Sorry, but other than the demolished buildings for One Bedford, I can't think of anything in Bloor/Yorkville that would constitute "slum"...or even "3rd rate" architecture...let alone "most" of it.

There are plenty of obvious gems (both large and small), but I think the Colonnade is my fave.





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Old April 3rd, 2007, 08:43 PM   #112
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I agree. Lots of great architecture in this area!!!
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 09:39 PM   #113
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KGB, the majority of Yorkville was a slum populated by hippies just 40 years ago. What was considered a poor slum then, has been renovated. They are still crappy structures with high end finishes. I consider that 2nd or 3rd rate.

Granted, the Colonade is well done, but I have to disagree regarding the rest. Our definitions of satisfactory must be very different.
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 10:08 PM   #114
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its the 22nd most expensive district in the world ^....
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 10:37 PM   #115
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. The area has great energy, but 2nd and 3rd rate architecture with the exception of this building and the Club Monaco store across the street.

Plans call for the widening of sidewalks, public benches, trees, and other greenery. Bloor-Yorkville is the highend shopping district, but the buildings mostly previous slum fixer uppers.

I wish I could afford to live in one of those slum houses on Hazleton Avenue. Pre hippy days, it was a middle class neighbourhood that just went to pot so to speak.

I would hesitate to be quite so dismissive of Britannica House, the Church of the Redeemer, the former Park Plaza Hotel or the former C.I.L. building - the one with the Phillip Johnson penthouse which is about to get another addition added on top. Nor is the facade of the late lamented University Theatre anything to cringe about. I agree that a lot of 2 and 3-storey crap was foisted on Yorkville in the 70's & 80's and I would shed no tears to see them replaced with a modernist volcabulary rather than some faux shite pretending to be historical.
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 10:41 PM   #116
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Let's also remember that back then they would call anything 'slummy'. That doesn't mean the original buildings themselves were not worthy somehow. And let's not forget all the office towers and retail stores that have been built in the Bloor-Yorkville area within the last few decades, many of which are nice!
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KGB, the majority of Yorkville was a slum populated by hippies just 40 years ago. What was considered a poor slum then, has been renovated. They are still crappy structures with high end finishes. I consider that 2nd or 3rd rate.

Granted, the Colonade is well done, but I have to disagree regarding the rest. Our definitions of satisfactory must be very different.

Well, the 1960's Yorkville you speak of, was not a "slum", any more than Greenwich Village was a "slum" during the same time. Yorkville's built form is that of a victorian village, which of course it was originally. Both of these factors ADD to its charm and sense of history...it doesn't detract from it. In fact, it's Bloor/Yorkville's varried built form and scale that sets it apart from other high-end shopping districts....I much prefer it aesthetically over more monotonous and mundane looking distrcits like Madison Ave or Rodeo Dr.

Please start naming all the slummy or 3rd rate buildings, because yes, you and I certainly do differ on our definitions. It shouldn't be hard, given the fact that most of the buildings in the Yorkville/Annex/UofT corridor fit this description, according to you.

I can start naming everything i like, or think is fine...but that list would be too long. Like I said, the only stuff I actually find sub-par, is the stretch west of the Park Plaza (now Park Hyatt)....which is itself a handsome jazz-age building I can't imagine deserving your slum label.





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Old April 4th, 2007, 03:16 PM   #118
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Once again Libeskind did a messy job.
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Old April 5th, 2007, 02:43 AM   #119
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Old April 5th, 2007, 04:26 PM   #120
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KGB:

That stretch from Park Hyatt to Spadina is very indicative of what I consider 2nd or 3rd rate. I can't name alot of these buildings by name, but will make a mental note of them when I walk by them next.

I'll name a few that come to mind other than the aforementioned stretch west of the Park Hyatt. The building that wraps around the church on Bloor and Avenue, not 3rd rate, but entirely forgettable. It's especially dowdy considering it's glamourous neighbour, the Four Seasons in a matching dowdy building. The building directly east of Club Monaco. It doesn't tie in well or compliment it's surroundings but do like the subtle advertising effects they have accomplished on their windows.

The northeast and northwest corner of Bay and Bloor, the south west corner of Bay and Bloor and the rest of that block, the entire block on the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor, the Bay department store and it's tower, the CIBC tower across the street.

This incomplete list represents most of the area for 5 blocks. A nation's so-called best shopping street should demand equivalent architecture. It isn't all crap, but it's not inspiring either.

I think London spoiled me somewhat, although I'm definitely not one that equates good architecture with old.

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