I’ve been following this story, at times closely, since February 2012. The repurposing of church buildings in Toronto has been the subject of extensive research in recent years.
The wider topic concerns the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings, in countries around the world.
A City of Toronto staff report regarding 2 Station Road can be accessed here.
A recent Notice of Intention to Designate, as it relates to the property, is available at the City of Toronto Website. [Click on link in previous sentence to access the document.]
The above-noted document lists the following heritage attributes of the property at 2 Station Road:
- The Wesley Mimico United Church building
- The placement, setback and orientation of the church building on the northwest corner of Station Road and Mimico Avenue
- The scale, form and massing of the long rectangular three-storey plan with shallow transepts and, at the south end, the narthex
- The materials, with brick cladding and brick, stone, wood and glass detailing\
- The low-pitched gable roof with parapets, stone coping, and the clerestory with window openings
- On the principal (south) façade, the stepped frontispiece with stone and brick band courses and buttresses
- The main (south) entrance, where steps lead to a trio of round-arched openings, with a pair of wood doors with glass inserts and transoms in each opening
- Surmounting the south entry, the monumental round-arched opening that incorporates round and round-arched windows
- The fenestration on all elevations, with the round-arched and flat-headed window openings with brick trim, and the stained glass windows in some of the openings
- The buttresses on the east and west elevations that organize the pairs of window openings
- The square tower, which is located midway along the east elevation and has corbelled brickwork beneath a multi-side spire with gothic detailing (the original entrance to the church on the east wall of the tower was later converted to a window opening)
- On the east elevation, the secondary entry, which is placed in the transept
- The iron fence