150 Year Old House Moving For Toronto Pinnacle on Adelaide Building

There is a 42 story skyscraper currently under construction in Toronto, Canada called the Pinnacle on Adelaide building. This is a 140 meter tall building and is being built at the site of a well preserved heritage building called Richard West House. So Pinnacle International, the developers of this modern Pinnacle on Adelaide skyscraper have taken the rare feat to preserve the 150 year old heritage house. (Pinancle International are also developers of the next tallest Building in Toronto about which Giant Towers reported in the previous post)

The photo below shows the extreme engineering feat they are undertaking in order to preserve it by moving the old house intact on wheels, across the road.
canada-house-movingIn order to preserve it they have had to uproot and move this historic building across the road temporarily. Next they are going to re-move it to its original location, which will be within the skyscraper building complex, after it is completed.

Here is a interesting YouTube video of how this old house moving was done. It was titled, “The Pinnacle on Adelaide Heritage House Move”

According to information posted along with the video by the developer, this heritage building had been built in 1869. It is one of the last remaining buildings that tell the story of the historical evolution of this Toronto neighbourhood in the mid-19th century.

The heritage building’s gothic revival style showcases the patented two-toned brickwork trends of the late 1800s most famously used for Victorian churches. Located within the King-Spadina area, this property at 104 John Street signified the westward growth of the original Town of York. This new area encapsulated many of the community’s most essential institutional buildings such as schools, hospitals and government buildings during that important period of city development and infrastructure growth. This historically and culturally significant house will be integrated into the new complex and restored to its yesteryear grandeur to be fully functional once again as a commercial or retail establishment in the community.

We think these developers have set an example by preserving an existing old building like this. It will be good if other developers and cities elsewhere too take note of this house moving at Toronto. Others also should take steps to preserve the old historic and iconic buildings found at new skyscraper sites. We are making this appeal because we see some of the most iconic old buildings belonging to different eras in many cities around the world to be found in the busiest and most expensive parts of that town. Most of the time, in order to cater to modern needs, those old building are demolished and the place is cleared for bigger and more modern skyscrapers and other urban development projects. This situation should change!

A 88 Storey New Tallest Building in Toronto

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First Canadian Place, Tallest building in Canada since 1976. Image courtesy: Wikipedia

Anyone looking at the Toronto skyline will notice the very tall Toronto CN Tower that stands-out head and shoulders above other buildings in Toronto, Canada. But the Toronto CN Tower is not generally considered a high-rise building as it does not have successive floors that can be occupied even though it is the tallest man-made structure in Toronto and even in North America.

The title for the tallest building in Toronto is currently held by the  First Canadian Place, which rises 298 metres (978 ft) tall in Toronto’s Financial District. First Canadian Place has held on to the title of being Toronto’s tallest building since it was completed in 1975. However we have got news that this honor will change hands in the near future.

A Vancouver based developer called Pinnacle International has now proposed to build a  88 storey (272m) building in Toronto. This building is going to be part of a mega development proposal for a tract of downtown land in Toronto that is bounded by Yonge and Freeland Streets, Lake Shore Blvd, and Queens Quay.

Here is a graphic drawing of the proposed mega towers. toronto Yonge building

According to a website called Urban Toronto;

Proposed development includes 6 new Hariri Pontarini-designed buildings alongside a vertically-extended incarnation of the existing 25-storey Toronto Star building, with an eastbound extension of Harbour Street planned to run through the middle of the plot. The north block would contain 4 new primarily residential buildings are set to rise to heights of 75, 80, 80 and 88 storeys, the tallest of which is planned to rise 272 metres, measured to top of the uppermost floor. On the south block plans call for a 70-storey hotel and condominium tower, a 40-storey office building, and a 10-storey addition to the current Toronto Star building, bringing the total height of the structure up 136.0 metres.

These days, we here lot of proposal for super-tall building like this in Western cities facing opposition from various city planners and urban cogestion issues not to mention opposition from local community. The final result is the buildings that are built in these locations are significantly smaller than the original proposals.  We hope that doesn’t happen to this proposal and it really gets built soon.