Take notice that Toronto City Council intends to designate the lands and building known municipally as 263 Adelaide Street West under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.
The property at 263 Adelaide Street West (Purman Building) is worthy of designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act for its cultural heritage value, and meets Ontario Regulation 9/06, the provincial criteria prescribed for municipal designation under all three categories of design, associative and contextual value.
The property at 263 Adelaide Street West contains the Purman Building, completed in 1915, a five storey timber-framed commercial warehouse building with a raised basement and brick and stone cladding. The property is located in the proposed King Spadina Heritage Conservation District.
The Purman Building at 263 Adelaide Street West has value as a well-designed representative example of a commercial warehouse building with timber-framed mill construction. The building’s construction and design is an example of the Chicago School with its application of the Classical style and the emphasis on a decorated base, distinctive top and uniform middle section. Its carefully calibrated design is expressive of the internal structural grid and it is dressed with a contemporary interpretation of the Italian Renaissance style which displays a high degree of craftsmanship and artistic merit.
The Purman Building has value as it contributes to an understanding of the historical development of the King Spadina neighbourhood as it transitioned from being primarily institutional and residential in the first three quarters of the 19th century to being a prosperous commercial and industrial area from the late 19th to mid-20th century. Located on a part of the property occupied by Upper Canada College from 1827-1891, the Purman building represents the redevelopment of the site for commercial and industrial uses following the college’s departure to Deer Park. The building has value as it is associated with the prolific architectural partnership of A. R. Denison & Stephenson and in particular with the firm’s promotion of fire-resistant timber mill construction for warehouses following the Great Toronto Fire of 1904.
Contextually, the Purman Building is important in defining and maintaining the late 19th- early 20th century commercial/industrial scale and character of the King Spadina area. The building is visually and historically linked to its surroundings, maintaining the variety of building types, scales and periods all of which support the neighbourhood’s characteristic diversity. Commercial warehouses like the Purman Building represent a significant period of commercial prosperity for the neighbourhood as well as the recent revitalization of the King Spadina area. The high quality of design, materials and details contributes substantially to the overall character of the neighbourhood.
The heritage attributes of the Purman Building are:
The following are not identified as heritage attributes:
The blank side elevations facing west and east.
Notice of an objection to the proposed designation may be served on the City Clerk, Attention: Ellen Devlin, Administrator, Toronto and East York Community Council, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2N2, within thirty days of October 25, 2017, which is November 24, 2017. The notice of objection must set out the reason(s) for the objection, and all relevant facts.
Dated at Toronto this 25th day of October, 2017
Ulli S. Watkiss