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Mirvish Village

Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village have been fixtures of Toronto’s Bloor and Bathurst neighbourhood for more than 60 years. The famed discount retailer, and public realm created by Markham Street’s adaptive reuse as a cultural and commercial enclave in the 1960s, evolved through the influence of the Mirvish Family and neighbourhood communities, including the Afro-Caribbean...

exterior view of building with columns Ruthven Park National Historic Site

The Ruthven Park National Historic Site consists of one of Canada’s finest Greek Revival mansions, which sits on 1,478 acres of property along the Grand River in southwestern Ontario. ERA was retained as the heritage architectural consultant on a conservation management plan team restoring Ruthven Park. We provided detailed assessments and historical studies of the...

Union Station

Union Station is recognized under the Railway Stations Protection Act as a nationally significant heritage building and is selected by the City of Toronto as a designated heritage property. ERA prepared a Heritage Master Plan for Union Station, which identified conservation issues, provided cost estimates for heritage work, and recommended a strategic plan for implementation....

Blythwood Road Heritage Conservation District

ERA was the heritage consultant for the Heritage District Study of a north Toronto street, testing the use of the Ontario Heritage Act to encourage the conservation of neighbourhoods.

Commissioner’s Park

ERA served as heritage and cultural planning consultant for the conceptual park designs for Commissioners Park, the first regional, urban park planned for a reinvigorated and redeveloped Portlands. ERA worked closely with the prime consultant, Envision the Hough Group and with Claude Cormier landscape architects of Montreal. The team worked to develop schemes that demonstrate...

South Rosedale Heritage Conservation District Study

South Rosedale is a unique neighbourhood in the City of Toronto. Originally part of the Village of Yorkville, it was one of the first few suburban developments north of the city. The residential community has a clearly discernable character as a picturesque suburb with varied architectural styles dating back to the mid 1800s. ERA completed...

Defining the Public Realm Plan

“Defining the Public Realm” was created in 2003 for the Culture Division, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Dept., City of Toronto. It is a companion to the 2002 plan “Canada’s Urban Waterfront,” which studied opportunities for new initiatives available across the GTA’s extensive lakeshore. “Defining the Public Realm” follows up by looking at the diversity...

Waterfront Heritage and Cultural Infrastructure Plan

This Plan established a vision that included culture and heritage as essential components of future private and public investment in Toronto’s revitalized waterfront. Prepared for the City of Toronto, this plan suggests a rationale for development that includes a focus on public life, the people and the lived experience of the city. The vision of...

North Rosedale Heritage Conservation District Study

Inspired by the City Beautiful Movement, Harton Walker’s 1908 North Rosedale subdivision plan created a neighbourhood of sweeping, tree-lined streets. North Rosedale’s secluded park setting became popular among the City’s elite and came to be the site of homes designed by such distinguished Toronto architects as Eden Smith, John Lyle and Alfred Chapman. ERA served...

Cultural Facilities Database

Cultural facilities are a tangible representation of Toronto’s past, present and future potential to serve the cultural needs of diverse communities. In the downtown, cultural facilities such as theatres, galleries, museums, cinemas and outdoor stages have redefined and re-energized districts such as the Entertainment District along King Street or gallery districts along Spadina Avenue and...

The Massey Houses

In the late 19th century, the Massey family houses at 515 and 519 Jarvis Street played a significant role in establishing and promoting Jarvis Street as an attractive neighbourhood for the city’s elite. 515 Jarvis was designed by Wm. Young and built in 1868. An addition by G.M. Miller was done in 1882. 519 Jarvis...

Chiefswood Museum

Built in 1853, Chiefswood was the childhood home of E. Pauline Johnson, renowned Canadian poet and performer. A National Historic Site, ERA provided full architectural services for the phased restoration of the interior and exterior of the house and the reconstruction of the wood-clad kitchen wing, in accordance with a conservation plan developed with Parks...

Lowertown West Heritage Conservation District Study

Lowertown was first laid out by Colonel By in connection with the construction of the Rideau Canal in the 1820s. Lowertown was shaped by French-Canadian and Irish immigrants that settled in the area. This population and its relationship to the surrounding urban landscape played a large role in the development of the area’s historic urban...

Recent Projects

University Commons, University of Alberta University of Alberta
Edmonton
Sturgeon Bay Cottage Private client
Point au Baril, Ontario