Many case studies document the adaptive resuse of historically significant buildings


A June 4, 2018 CBC article is entitled: “This pastor closed his church: Graham Singh is saving a Montreal church by first closing the doors, then opening them wider than ever.”



The following text is a re-posting (with minor editing) of an item originally posted on April 5, 2013:

I’ve prepared a series of posts (see links below) related to the Wesley Mimico United Church redevelopment process.

The sketch below represents a proposal shared at a Jan. 28, 2013 community forum related to the Wesley Mimico redevelopment.

Wesley Mimico - Dec. 12, 2012 - South West corner

Ontario Heritage Act

Previously I’ve discussed Ontario heritage preservation legislation as it relates to places of worship. As I’ve noted, “The preferred use of a heritage place of worship is its original one,” according to A Guide for Conserving Heritage Places of Worship in Ontario Communities.

Case studies of adaptive reuse

Wesley Mimico United Church. On the left is part of the addition completed in 1954. On the right (note the slight difference in colour of the bricks) is the bell tower from the original church building completed in 1924. Jaan Pill photo

1. Wesley Mimico United Church (for a listing of previous posts about this building, see first link – above – at the beginning of this blog post) at 2 Station Road was built in two phases beginning with a structure completed in 1924, followed by an addition completed in 1954.

Church renovation at 194 Park Lawn Road. Jaan Pill photo

2. The Christ Church St. James Anglican building at 194 Park Lawn Road near the Humber Bay Public Library is a source of interest for me because a recent addition includes a focus on the attribute of transparency. Such a focus on transparency is also evident in the proposed redevelopment of Wesley Mimico United Church as described at a Jan. 28, 2013 community forum.

3. A church-to-condo conversion project has been completed at 152 Annette Street in Ward 13 – Parkdale-High Park.

Church-to-condo conversion project at 243 Perth Avenue. Jaan Pill photo

4. A church-to-condo project at 243 Perth Avenue (see photo above) has been highlighted in a Toronto Star article. The large parking lot at the back of the building will provide space for construction of an additional building. The original church building and addition will be the sold as condo units.

5. A church-to-condo conversion project at 21 Swanwick Avenue has been completed. A report notes that proposed alterations to the building, as part of conversion process, are acceptable in order to accommodate the new use for the church.

Assembly Hall near corner of Kipling Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd. West. Jaan Pill photo

6. The Assembly Hall at Kipling Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd. West is an multi-use community building which features an interesting adaptation involving the addition of a wide set of stairs within a partially transparent enclosure that has been added to the outside of the century-old building. The Assembly Hall illustrates the adaptive re-use of a significant heritage resource. The attribute of transparency is also evident in recently built structures such as the visitors centre at the Toronto South Detention Centre.

7. Several other buildings are of interest with regard to adaptive reuse. They include Bethel Green Seniors Residence and Asbury and West United Church. As well, they include the Deer Park redevelopment.


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