When it comes to our historic buildings, we're often guilty of demolition by neglect. This year's finalists in Heritage Toronto's architectural awards remind us how creatively our old structures can be blended into the new.
1. Trinity College Gates (Queen and Strachan), Alan Seymour
Repairs to neo-Gothic landmark involved replication of the main gates from original drawings.
2. St. Paul?s Anglican Church (227 Bloor East), Black and Moffat Architects
A glass ?intervention? of modern architecture connects the old to the new.
3. The Stone Distillery (55 Mill), E.R.A. Architects
Redo of the oldest building in the Distillery District kept original walls, floors, roof and artifacts.
4. Dominion Bank (1 King West), Stanford Downey Architects
Administrative offices and lobby of this World War I-era bank were painstakingly incorporated into a 55-storey hotel and condo complex.
5. 167-169 King East, PDA Architects
Stuccoed-over exterior of the mid-1800s buildings was restored to its former glory.