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The scale of the Hearn

As recent public attention has focused on heritage structures under threat – a result of the destruction of the ex-Empress Hotel – we thought it would be of value to illustrate exactly how big the R.L. Hearn Generating Station actually is.


Originally built in 1951 as a coal-burning power plant, the Hearn is, quite simply, of a gargantuan scale – 240m long and over 80m wide.

The Hearn is directly connected to the Lake Ontario waterfront, within a ten minute drive of Union Station, and will soon sit square in the heart of the Portlands residential neighbourhood that is being developed as phase two of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Plan.

Diagrams provided by William MacIvor