Spencer R. Higgins, Architect Incorporated

Coliseum Complex  
Masonry Restoration and Roofing Repairs  

Built in 1921, the Coliseum Complex at Exhibition Place in Toronto has had numerous additions and alterations. The building has a brick and sandstone masonry envelope with long spanning steel members across the large exhibition space. There is extensive decorative copper work.

We were retained by the Metro Toronto Parks Department to provide heritage conservation services. The work entailed envelope repair and restoration, phased over four years. Phase One focused on repairs to the south wall including the Royal Winter Fair entrance pavilion. Phase Two entailed masonry and roofing work to the east wall while Phase Three addressed the north wall, including extensive repair to the dome cornice and stonework. The final Phase looked at the east annexes.

Work was completed in 1985. The construction cost was $1.4 million.


Coliseum Complex, Exhibition PLace
Artist Rendering c. 1921