Complections College of Makeup Art and Design, 110 Lombard Street

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2013 Heritage Toronto Awards Nominee

Complections College of Makeup Art and Design
110 Lombard Street
Commissioned by: Complections College of Makeup Art and Design
Architectural/Design Firm: CS&P Architects Inc.
Heritage Consultant: William N. Greer
Craftsperson/Contractor: Venture Construction Services Ltd.

The Lombard Street Fire Hall was designed by architect David Roberts Jr. in the Romanesque Revival style, constructed in 1886, and expanded in 1895. From the 1960s on, it was the home of Second City dinner theatre, and then Gilda’s Club. This project involved the adaptive re-use of the building to house the Complections College. Upper floors were repartitioned into classrooms and administrative space. The principal room on the main floor was renovated to accommodate a new retail space, which included the replacement of non-original doors in the two large, round-arched openings with storefront glass within the original wood framing. Exterior brick work was repaired, and the original west entrance hall and three-storey staircase were repainted.

Complections College of Makeup Art and Design, 110 Lombard Street is nominated for a 2013 Heritage Toronto Award in the William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship category. This category honours owners who have undertaken projects to restore or adapt buildings or structures that have been in existence for forty years or more or are included on the City of Toronto’s Inventory of Heritage Properties. In addition to the quality of craftsmanship, appropriateness of materials, and the use of sound conservation principles, the jury considers how well the project meets current needs while maintaining the integrity of the original design vision.

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