This circular site was designed as a garden feature by the Baldwin family, who owned the Spadina park lot that extended from Queen Street West to Bloor. In the 1870s, the Presbyterian Church bought the land and commissioned architects Smith & Gemmell to build Knox College. Having been adapted over the years to a number of different uses, the structure survives today as a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, and a significant landmark in downtown Toronto.
As the new facilities for University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, 1 Spadina Crescent is being repaired and rehabilitated. ERA continues to consult with design architects NADAAA on conservation and rehabilitation of the heritage architecture, as well as the interaction between the old and new.