York Square 148 Yorkville Avenue Bloor-Yorkville, Toronto
33-39 Avenue Road
At a time when urban renewal was the norm, this project was the first to incorporate older fabric into a new project. Designed by the new firm, Diamond and Myers, it set a new approach for marrying new and old in Toronto and around the world, Published internationally, in the U.S, Japan, and Europe, receiving 8 pages in Progressive Architecture.
This complex was a finalist for a Massey Medal for Architecture in 1970.
It is currently the subject of a redevelopment application, for a high rise condominium, by architects Zeidler Partnership, which proposes to save only the elevation at the corner of Avenue Road and Yorkville Avenue. Over 75% of the designated heritage attributes are destroyed, and what is left is ridiculed by the scale of the proposal.
The building was designated in 2014.
Urban Toronto New Proposal Date - February 10, 2016 Notes - Most Recent Proposal More information
Planning Application to City of Toronto, submitted February 2016 Date - February 2016 Notes - Link to City of Toronto website where application for redevelopment is posted. Includes plans, perspectives, elevations, heritage report, designation report. More information
Looks like time´s up for Yorkville´s old guard Author - Globe and Mail, John Bentley Mays Date - June 13, 2013 Notes - In the summer of 1969, when I moved from the United States to Toronto, the intoxicating haze of rock music, incense, pot fumes and flower-power politics hung heavy over the little Victorian streets of the Yorkville district.
Head shops and vintage clot More information
York Square Toronto Author - The Canadian Architect Date - June 1969 Page - 36-38 Document - York Square Toronto
York Square Author - William P. Kilbourn Date - 1986 Page - 297-98 Notes - Found in Toronto Observed: Its Architecture, Patrons and History, Oxford University Press Document - York Square
Toronto 1970 Design Awards Author - Architecture Canada RAIC/IRAC Date - April 13 1970 Page - 535 Document - Toronto 1970 Design Awards
York Square Resources Package 1 Author - ACO Toronto Date - 2016 Notes - Press Materials from the time of the original construction. Can be viewed or downloaded from Google docs, very large file. More information
Globe and Mail: Stollery’s is going. But Toronto should do more to save its heritage Author - Alex Bozikovic Date - January 23, 2015 Notes - Discusses the reasons for saving what he calls the anti-tower project "Toronto architects have been working on this sort of pairing since the 1960s. In those days, “urban renewal” meant levelling blocks and building isolated new towers; local urbanist More information
York Square Resources Package 1 Author - Assembled by ACO Toronto Notes - A document compiling the various applications and reports that are before the City and the Ontario Municipal Board as of summer of 2016. Document - 1d32f68508fcc9b1ce9452a776343dd1.pdf
Architecture and Urbanism Notes - Volume 1, Number 11
The article is in Japanese, so additional information (such as author, date, and pages) cannot be translated. Document - York Square - Architecture and Urbanism