Burano (building)

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The north facade of the Burano building has a three storey lobby, with a large mural on the original structure's wall. Note how the tower's footprint is a rhombus, its corners are not right angles.[1]

Burano Condominiums, is a 50 storey, 163 metre tall residential high-rise condominium complex on Bay Street between Grenville St. and Grosvenor St. in the Discovery District of Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2][1][3] The redevelopment of the site was part of a period of urban renewal of the Toronto financial district in the early 21st century.[4]

Burano was designed by Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance,[5] and is located across the street from Murano,[1] another one of his Toronto projects that also include Spire, Casa Condominio Residenza and X the Condominium.[6][7]

The Burano was built within the footprint of a heritage structure, an auto dealership, built in 1925.[1] The original structure was designated a heritage structure in 1999.[3]

McLaughlin Motor Car Showroom

The Burano's lower three floors preserve the facade of the former Samuel McLaughlin's McLaughlin Motor Car Showroom, a two-storey heritage building designated in 1999 under the Ontario Heritage Act.[1] Built in 1925 as the R.S. McLaughlin Building, the Gothic Revival building was one of the first automobile dealerships in Toronto, and remained continuously occupied by car dealerships for eighty-two years.[3] Despite its long history, that use ended as part of a reorganization and consolidation of the car dealership industry in Canada.[8]

Due to the soft soil at the site, and to facilitate excavation, the historic facade was dismantled and stored off-site during construction of the seven-floor underground garage. After the garage and foundation appropriate for the fifty floors above ground were completed, the facade was reconstructed, incorporating the important heritage components.[9]

Public art was also incorporated into the Burano, including a large mural on the side of the heritage building.[10][2] The historic building is marked with a plaque, placed in 2013 by Heritage Toronto.[11]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Burano Condominiums". Ryerson University Library & Archives. http://news.library.ryerson.ca/archapp/map_info/322. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Landau, Jack (19 February 2015). "Throwback Thursday: Burano" (in en). CHART Communications Inc.. http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2015/02/throwback-thursday-burano. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Knoeck, Kyle (21 August 2006). "City of Toronto Staff Report". Toronto and East York Community Council. http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/2006/agendas/committees/te/te060913/it045.pdf. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  4. LeBlanc, Dave (30 April 2015). "Amid Toronto’s condo boom, high-rises have created a street-level energy" (in en-ca). The Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/amid-torontos-condo-boom-high-rises-have-created-a-street-level-energy/article24185002/. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  5. "Burano" (in en). http://lanterradevelopments.com/project/burano/. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  6. "Catalogue" (in en). architectsAlliance. http://www.architectsalliance.com/projects/catalogue. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  7. UrbanRealtyToronto 6, 2009/https://web.archive.org/web/20091206142942/http://urbanrealtytoronto.com/wordpress/2007/06/11/x-condominium-590-jarvis-street Archived December 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. Turnbull, Barbara (15 June 2009). "Un-pave car dealer's lots to put up paradise". The Star. https://www.thestar.com/life/2009/06/15/unpave_car_dealers_lots_to_put_up_paradise.html. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  9. "Heritage Impact Statement (Conservation Strategy), Supplementary Report, The Burano". 14 March 2008. http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2008/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-12476.pdf. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  10. "Toronto Urban Design Guidelines - North Downtown/Yonge". Toronto City Planning. June 2013. p. 64. http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-59537.pdf. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  11. "McLaughlin Motor Car Showroom Historical Plaque" (in en). Alan L Brown. http://torontoplaques.com/Pages/McLaughlin_Motor_Car_Showroom.html. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 

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