Spencer R. Higgins, Architect Incorporated

BCE Place Historic Facades, Toronto  
Facade Restoration and Integration with the New Building  

As part of the BCE Place Development, twelve historically important buildings were restored and combined with infill structures of an historical character to create a unique low-rise area within the development. The 36 to 46 Yonge Street and 1 to 9 Wellington Street facades were executed by numerous architects in various styles and materials from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century. The facades range from three to five stories in height..

As the Heritage Consultant for Bregman & Hamann Architects, we provided consultation services regarding facade stabilization during demolition and excavation work, conducted a condition survey, and prepared measured drawings for the facades.

The conservation work included decorative metalwork, cast-iron, masonry cleaning, replacement cut stone detailing, roofing, and historic paint finishes restoration. We were responsible for the detailing of all restored heritage shop-fronts.

The total project cost for the BCE PLace Development was $1.2 billion. Of that, the cost of the facades restoration was $10 million. The project was completed in 1992.

Retail Facade Restoration, BCE Place, Toronto
Wellington Street - 1992