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NORTH TORONTO STATION

10 SCRIVENER SQUARE TORONTO

PROVENANCE

Restored, expanded and revitalized as a retail centre, this neo-classical Beaux Arts train station is the creation of sheer determination. Restoration plans began as early as 1987, but it would require dozens of community meetings and thousands of hours of painstaking research before work could begin in Fall 2000. Many parameters made the process particularly complex – including multiple, three-demensional property lines, an active rail line above, a subway below, the plan’s adjacent “public art” urban square, and the operational needs of lead tenant, the LCBO, during the restoration. New additions created a formal entrance and façade north of the tracks, plus pedestrian-friendly retail beneath the railway bridge on Yonge Street to enliven what was formerly a dark passage. The new work extended the historic detail and spirit of the original station in an expressive but simplified modern vocabulary. The goal was to create a significant architectural work with a strong presence befitting the station’s landmark status. The restored station reopened February 4, 2003, earning public accolades – and numerous awards. Today, it is celebrated as an icon, attracting visitors from as far away as China.

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