Canada Foundry Company Powerhouse in the Junction Triangle – Ontario Heritage Act

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In the matter of the Ontario Heritage Act
R.S.O. 1990 Chapter 0.18
City of Toronto, Province of Ontario

Notice of passing of by-law

948 Lansdowne Avenue and 20 Foundry Avenue and now known as 31 Foundry Avenue (Canada Foundry Company Powerhouse)
Take Notice that the Council of the City of Toronto has passed By-law No. 165-2013, to amend By-law No. 1415-2012 being a by-law to designate the property formerly known municipally as 980 Lansdowne Avenue and 20 Foundry Avenue and now known as 31 Foundry Avenue (Canada Foundry Company Powerhouse) as being of cultural heritage value or interest, to correct a typographical error in the municipal address.

Dated at Toronto, this 5th day of March, 2013.

Ulli S. Watkiss
City Clerk

30 Powerhouse Avenue: Canada Foundry Company Office Building Descriptive Information The property at 30 Powerhouse Avenue is worthy of designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act for its cultural heritage value, and meets the criteria for municipal designation prescribed by the Province of Ontario under the three categories of design, associative and contextual values. Located on the northeast corner of Powerhouse Avenue and Foundry Avenue, the Canada Foundry Company Office Building (1902) is a four-storey industrial building. The site was listed on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties in 2004. Statement of Cultural Heritage Value The Canada Foundry Company Office Building has design value as a representative example of an early 20th century industrial building that forms part of a surviving collection of structures associated with the manufacturing site. The Office Building is associated with the Canada Foundry Company, a subsidiary of the Canadian General Electric Company, which constructed the building on its 60-acre (25- hectare) tract to manufacture a range of steel and cast iron products, including steam
locomotives, railway tracks and turntables, bridge components, elevator cages, fences, staircases and architectural ornaments. Known as the Davenport works, CGE produced electrical transformers on the site for nearly 60 years. Contextually, the Canada Foundry Company Office Building is historically and visually related to its surroundings where, with the adjoining Canada Foundry Company Warehouse and Powerhouse, it is a surviving example of the industrial complex that filled the area southwest of Davenport Road and Lansdowne Avenue for most of the 20th century.

Heritage Attributes The heritage attributes of the property at 30 Powerhouse Avenue are: The four-storey office building The scale, form and massing of the structure with its rectangular-shaped plan The materials, with brick cladding and detailing The flat roofline that is decorated with corbelled brickwork The brick piers that symmetrically organize the segmental-arched window openings with voussoirs and sills.

On the principal (north) façade, the three-part frontispiece with corbelled brickwork On the north, east and south elevations, the piers that organize round-arched openings that rise the equivalent of two-stories and contain door and window openings The west wall that originally adjoined the landmark smokestack (now demolished)

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SUMMARY
This report recommends that City Council state its intention to designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act the property at 30 Powerhouse Avenue (Canada Foundry Company Office Building) and the properties known municipally in the year 2011 as 980 Lansdowne Avenue and 20 Foundry Avenue (Canada Foundry Company Powerhouse). The properties were listed on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties in 2004. As part of the development agreement for the site, the owners have agreed to the designation of the properties. The adjoining property at 1100 Lansdowne Avenue, containing the Canada Foundry Company Warehouse, was designated under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act in 2008 and is also protected by a Heritage Easement Agreement secured between the City of Toronto and the property owners in 2005. RECOMMENDATIONS
The City Planning Division recommends that: 1. City Council state its intention to designate the property at 30 Powerhouse Avenue (Canada Foundry Company Office Building) under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.Staff report for action – Lansdowne and Powerhouse Properties – Intention to Designate 2

 

ISSUE BACKGROUND
The properties at the southwest corner of Lansdowne Avenue and Davenport Road were originally developed for the Canada Foundry Company, which became a subsidiary of the Canadian General Electric Company and the site of the company’s Davenport Works. Canada Square Developments acquired the properties in 1985. The former warehouse at 1100 Lansdowne has been converted to a residential condominium, while the northwest quadrant of the site has been redeveloped with townhouses. With the current demolition of a second large-scale warehouse at 940 Lansdowne and the planned redevelopment of the south part of the properties, the Canada Foundry Company Office Building at 30 Powerhouse Lane and the Canada Foundry Company Powerhouse on the south side of Powerhouse Lane (where in 2011 it is part of the lands identified as 980 Lansdowne Avenue and 20 Foundry Avenue) remain surviving heritage buildings from the original Canada Foundry Company complex. The owners have agreed to their designation as part of the development agreement for the site. When the development is completed, the powerhouse will be assigned a permanent street number

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