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« U of T releases new design for architecture school at One Spadina Crescent
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
It turns out, One Spadina Crescent, the big 19th-century building Spadina curves around just north of College, was never completed.
The University of Toronto School of Architecture is going to change that.
The school’s Dean, Richard Sommer, announced this morning that U.S. architect Nader Tehrani has designed an addition to the north side of the building, which will be built in conjunction with thoroughgoing renovations to prepare the building to be the new premises for the expanding architecture school, the country’s oldest.
« It’s one of those early buildings in the history of the city, like Upper Canada College or the provincial legislature, that was a kind of a frontal building, positioned to face the lake, » Sommer says.
« It was a U-shaped building, what we call in architecture single-loaded. The north end of the site was never developed, and over time it just got filled in with stuff. Before it was even [the] Knox Theological Seminary and later college, it was built as a prospect for wealthy landowners. That was the original function of that circle. Then the seminary took over and had a building facing south. » »
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