How MOD Developments Contributes To Toronto By Preserving Its History
A number of recent projects have successfully combined restoration and new construction, proving that design can be both forward-thinking and respectful of the past. Preserving the city’s history by thoughtfully enhancing existing architecture is just one of the ways MOD Developments contributes to Toronto. Here we take a look at some of these innovative projects and discover just how important the right partnerships can be.
FIVE St. Joseph Condominiums
Five St. Joseph is a project that garnered praise for its careful restoration work. The 48-storey condominium near Yonge and Wellesley included the restoration of almost half a block of heritage buildings along Yonge Street that date back to the 1880s. New windows, roofs, and storefronts were added, the space reconfigured, and the original façades cleaned. On St. Joseph Street the project also incorporates the heritage architecture of the old four-storey Rawlinson Cartage warehouse building, one of the oldest moving and storage companies in Toronto. The building won numerous awards, including the coveted 2011 BILD Project of the Year, Best High Rise Building Design, and Best Model Suite. It also won the 2017 NAIOP Rex Awards for Real Estate Excellence Retail and Mixed Use Development of the Year.
The Massey Tower
The Massey Tower is another great example of how MOD Developments contributes to Toronto. This 60-storey development integrates the former Canadian Bank of Commerce building, completed in 1905, and contributed to the revitalization of beloved concert venue Massey Hall, built in 1894, and is a designated National Historic Site. The Canadian Bank of Commerce building was built in the Beaux-Arts style. This project at 197 Yonge Street, near Yonge and Queen, has won multiple awards, including the 2013 BILD Project of the Year, and Best High Rise Building Design. It also won the 2013 Ontario Home Builders’ Association Project of the Year and Most Outstanding High Rise Building. The historic bank serves as the entrance to the development! The Massey Tower was completed in 2019.
The Waterworks is a joint project between MOD Developments and Woodcliffe Landmark Properties. Located at 505 Richmond Street West, this unique terraced mid-rise building includes the rejuvenation of the heritage Art Deco Waterworks building from 1932. It will add 288 residential units, a major food hall reminiscent of ones found in Europe and New York, as well as the city’s newest YMCA. The Waterworks is currently under construction.
Our commitment to architectural and design excellence shows in who we choose to work with.
Always thoughtful with our collaborations, we partner with the most established and well-respected firms in the city. We have been fortunate to work with Hariri Pontarini Architects, Diamond Schmitt Architects, architectsAlliance, and renowned interior design firm Cecconi Simone on recent projects. These fantastic partnerships result in communities that stand out from the rest.
Forward-thinking design can incorporate the best of our city’s past, and preserving Toronto’s history is important. Our goal, with every project, is to enhance local neighbourhoods and create welcoming communities with enduring appeal. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the MOD Developments blog for more on our ongoing preservation efforts.