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Canadian Pacific Railway Building

Canadian Pacific Railway Building

ERA is collaborating with Partisans and H&R REIT to envision the reinvention of the 1913 heritage-designated Canadian Pacific Railway Building at 69 Yonge Street, part of Toronto’s first skyscraper ensemble at the corner of King and Yonge streets. Designed by the renowned architects Darling & Pearson, the building housed company offices, a topmost telegraphy floor, and a grand ground floor public hall to serve people’s intermodal ticketing needs. Upper floors accommodated income-producing rentable floor space. The resulting 15-storey building significantly superseded the height of its then rivals and briefly wore the crown for the tallest building in the Empire. The C.P.R. Building was Darling & Pearson’s tallest and most structurally complex design.

The reinvention project will convert the existing office floors to residential apartments and add a striking modern penthouse (designed by Partisans) tucked behind the building’s unique corner cupolas. ERA brought its expertise in managing the complexities of converting early 20th-century buildings, including integrating modern systems, amenities, and life safety upgrades, as well as a full conservation scope for the limestone and granite exterior.

Photographs by A-Frame Photography

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