55-storey redesign planned for historic Maclean-Hunter Building in downtown Toronto
By David KennedyConstruction
TORONTO—The historic Toronto offices of the once-mighty Canadian publishing house Maclean-Hunter is in for a major overhaul.
Real estate and development firm Davpart Inc. said April 4 it plans to redesign what’s currently a nine-storey office tower into a 55-storey high-rise.
The company described the facelift and new project construction as the tallest architectural heritage retention development in North America.
“The existing structure is an example of a commercial building from the interwar era and is the result of many bold design influences, from Beaux-Arts to Modern Classical,” David Hofstedter, the company’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
The location was home to Maclean Publishing — later Maclean-Hunter — from 1909 until it relocated to nearby College Park in 1983.
While several offices once stood on land, comprising the northeast corner of University Avenue and Dundas Street West, two adjoining towers now occupy the site. According to the design firm, one is a collegiate gothic building dating to the 1930s, the other is a midcentury stone tower completed in 1961. The site is designated as a heritage property with both the province and city.
Davpart plans to rebrand the tower as the United Building.
Like others cropping up across the Toronto, the redesigned building will incorporate commercial and retail, as well as residential space. The first 10 floors are slated for commercial and retail.
The design team for the project is made up of: B+H Architects as prime consultant and design architects, plus heritage consultants ERA Architects Inc. and Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc.
Neither the general contractor for the project nor a timeline for construction has been confirmed.