Spencer R. Higgins, Architect Incorporated

Bank of Montreal, BCE Place  
Envelope and Interior Restoration  

An important Beaux-Arts style structure at the corner of Yonge and Front Streets, the former Bank of Montreal was designed in 1885 by Darling and Curry Architects. Today the building is the home of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

As the Heritage Consultant for Bregman & Hamann Architects, we oversaw the restoration of both the exterior and interior. Exterior work included specialized masonry conservation, a new insulated built-up roof assemby, extensive sheet lead weatherings and lead-coated flashings. In addition, we restored the exterior wrought-iron fence.

The interiors required stained glass conservation work, paint analysis and heritage finishes restoration. The damaged main entrance doors and vestibule were restored, and the sheet metal lantern and stained glass skylight conserved.

The total project cost for the BCE PLace Development was $1.2 billion. The cost of the Bank of Montreal restoration was $5 million. The project was completed in 1991.

Bank of Montreal, Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto
Corner of Yonge and Front Streets - 1992
Glass Cupola
Bank of Montreal, Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto
Ceiling and Stained Glass Skylight - 1992