Toronto landmark is tallest heritage building in North America

by Steve Randall03 Apr 2019

An iconic building in Toronto is undergoing a redevelopment which will create a mixed-use space on the northeast corner of University Avenue and Dundas Street West.

The former home of Canadian trade publisher Maclean and Maclean-Hunter including Maclean’s Magazine and the Financial Post, the heritage building will become the UNITED BLDG. with offices, retail, and residential space.

It is being developed by Davpart Inc. whose president and CEO David Hofstedter says the building is one of the area’s most recognized buildings.

“The existing structure is an example of a commercial building from the interwar era and is the result of many bold design influences, from Beaux-Arts to Modern Classical. While restoring the exterior, we will complete the interior to the highest standard of contemporary office and retail available today, so their current uses can continued,” he said.

Image source: Davpart Inc.

Design team
The UNITED design team includes B+H Architects as prime consultant and design architects; heritage consultants ERA Architects Inc. and Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc. Baker Real Estate will manage sales activities.

“The UNITED is a realization of our vision,” said Hofstedter. “It’s a massive undertaking which started within the context of preserving and restoring the existing building. The complexities are enormous and it has taken lots of teamwork and patience to make it happen.”

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