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Maple Leaf Gardens

Maple Leaf Gardens

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Recognized as a National Historic Site, Maple Leaf Gardens was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club until 1999 and served as a hub of civic life continuously since it opened in 1931. The arena hosted a wide variety of large-scale public gatherings, from operas to political rallies. It is one the oldest and most recognizable landmarks associated with the history and sport of hockey.

When the Maple Leafs relocated to more modern facilities at the Air Canada Centre (now Scotiabank Arena) the opportunity to reimagine the Gardens was embraced by Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and grocery chain Loblaw.

ERA Architects served as heritage consultant and worked with Turner Fleischer and BBB Architects to install a high concept Loblaws grocery and associated retail on the ground and second floors, an athletic facility including a full-sized hockey rink and university sports complex on the upper floors, and new parking facilities underneath. The exterior “moderne” style shell of the arena, including the central dome, was retained while most of the interior structure below the roof was removed.

ERA was deeply involved since the project’s inception. ERA directed the restoration of the building envelope, including extensive masonry work, replacement of the steel industrial windows, and the design and restoration of the Carlton Street marquee. In addition, ERA developed and guided an interpretation programme throughout the building to document and express the heritage value of the much cherished and storied building.

Choice Developments, Ryerson University
Turner Fleischer, BBB Architects
Scott Weir


  • Architectural Conservancy of Ontario: P. Oberman Award for for Adaptive Reuse and Heritage Restoration, 2012
  • Heritage Toronto: William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship, Award of Merit, 2013
  • Toronto Urban Design Awards: Award of Merit for “Public Buildings in Context”, 2013

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