Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village have been part of the Bloor and Bathurst neighbourhood for more than 50 years. The site, which has evolved through the influence of both the Mirvish Family and the neighbourhood community, has significant intangible heritage value, including the bazaar and market quality of Honest Ed’s and the public realm created by Markham Street’s adaptive reuse as a cultural and commercial enclave in the 1960s.
Westbank and Henriquez Partners Architects have proposed a development that re-imagines the site’s layered history through an integrated building program and revitalization strategy for its public realm. The proposal involves new built forms such as mixed-use micro towers and a covered market that echo both the historic built forms and historic uses of the site. It also retains the intimate scale and public realm of Mirvish Village and restores the historic fine-grain and mixed-use character of Bloor and Bathurst Streets. Together these built and programmatic elements honour and extend the history of an early-twentieth-century Toronto neighbourhood as well as the legacy of the Mirvish Family whose entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and commitment to the arts have shaped the site’s character since the 1940s.