2013 Heritage Toronto Awards Nominee
Maple Leaf Gardens
60 Carlton Street
Commissioned by: Loblaw Companies Limited and Ryerson University
Architectural/Design Firms: Turner Fleischer Architects (retail space); BBB Architects (student athletic centre)
Heritage Architect: E.R.A. Architects Inc.
Craftspersons/Contractors: exp Services Inc.; Buttcon Ltd.; Clifford Restoration Ltd.; Nor-Am
This project comprised the adaptive reuse of a national historic site, Maple Leaf Gardens, constructed in 1931 and in continuous use until 1999. The original interior was replaced with new floor levels to accommodate a grocery store at street level and a student athletic centre above. A new ice rink was installed on the top floor, beneath the original arena roof. Restoration work included extensive masonry remediation, steel window restoration and replication, and the restoration of the Carlton Street marquee with replicated elements to follow the original design. Interpretive panels, murals and artwork are also integrated into both spaces to reflect the building’s remarkable history.