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Inclusion on the City of Toronto Inventory of

Heritage Properties - Lake Shore Boulevard West Bailey Bridge

(Trinity-Niagara)

 The Toronto Community Council recommends the adoption of the following report (June 29, 1998) from the Managing Director, Heritage Toronto:

 Purpose:

 This report recommends that the Lake Shore Boulevard West Bailey Bridge be included on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties.

 Funding Sources, Financial Implications and Impact Statement:

 Not applicable.

 Recommendations:

1.That City Council include the Lake Shore Boulevard West Bailey Bridge on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties.

 2.That the appropriate officials be authorized to take whatever action is necessary to give effect hereto.

 Background:

 At its meeting of June 17, 1998, the Board of Heritage Toronto adopted the attached report recommending that the Lake Shore Boulevard Bailey Bridge, crossing Lake Shore Boulevard east of Dufferin Street, be included on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties. Heritage Toronto staff researched and evaluated the property according to the Board=s criteria; it is worthy of inclusion on the Inventory of Heritage Properties as a Notable Heritage Property (Category B).

 Comments:

 Representatives of Exhibition Place appeared at the meeting but did not make a formal deputation. No objection has been received for the proposed listing.

 The Lake Shore Boulevard Bailey Bridge, dating to World War II, was installed as a pedestrian bridge connecting Exhibition Place with the waterfront in 1952. Purported to be the only remaining Bailey Bridge in the former City of Toronto, it is an important surviving example of an innovative engineering type.

 Conclusion:

 Heritage Toronto recommends that City Council include the Lake Shore Boulevard West Bailey Bridge on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties as a Notable Heritage Property (Category B).

 Contact Name:

 Ms. Kathryn Anderson

Preservation Officer, Historical Preservation Division, Toronto Historical Board

Tel: 392-6827, ext. 239

Fax: 392-6834



(Report dated June 9, 1998, from the Acting Managing Director, Heritage Toronto,

addressed to the Chair and Members, Toronto Historical Board)

 Recommendation

 That the property identified as the Bailey Bridge on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Exhibition Place be recommended for inclusion on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties.

 Comments

1.Background:

 In a letter dated June 27, 1996, the Toronto Historical Board was requested to assist in the preservation of the Bailey Bridge located on Lake Shore Boulevard West, linking Exhibition Place with the waterfront adjacent to Ontario Place. It is purported to be the last remaining Bailey Bridge in the former City of Toronto.

2.Discussion:

 The Bailey Bridge has been evaluated according to Heritage Toronto=s criteria as a Notable Heritage Property (Category B). A Property Research Summary with visuals is attached.

 HERITAGE TORONTO

 PROPERTY RESEARCH SUMMARY

 Basic Building Data:

Address:Lake Shore Boulevard West (between Exhibition Place and Ontario Place, east of Dufferin Street)

 Ward:20

 Current Name:Bailey Bridge

 Historical Name:Bailey Bridge

 Construction Date:1952 (installation at Exhibition Place)

 Architect:not applicable

 Contractor/Builder:Dominion Bridge Company and Hydro-Electric Power Commission

of Ontario (installation at Exhibition Place)

 Additions/

Alterations:1998, some side supports replaced, wood steps replaced by steel,

wood deck replaced

 Original Owner:British Army

 Original Use:bridge (military)

 Current Use*:bridge (pedestrian)

 Heritage Category:Notable Heritage Property (Category B)

 Recording Date:June 1998

 Recorder:HPD:KA

 *this does not refer to permitted use(s) as defined in the Zoning By-law

 Property Research Summary

 Description:

 The Bailey Bridge on Lake Shore Boulevard West at Exhibition Place is identified for architectural and historical reasons. The Bailey Bridge was among the components acquired after World War II from the British Army by the Ontario Hydro-Electric Power Commission to use as bridges and to assist in the construction of hydraulic power stations in Northern Ontario and on the Ottawa and Niagara Rivers. In 1952, this was the first of two 90-foot Bailey Bridges that Ontario Hydro loaned to and erected at Exhibition Place (the second was removed during the construction of Ontario Place). The Bailey Bridge was placed across Lake Shore Boulevard, east of Dufferin Street, as a pedestrian bridge connecting the exhibition grounds and the waterfront.

 Invented by English engineer Sir Donald C. Bailey, the Bailey Bridge was used during World War II as a temporary, portable structure to facilitate the transfer of military personnel and equipment across rivers where traditional bridges had been destroyed. . The sections of the bridge were small enough to be transported in trucks and assembled by a few men using hand tools. Made from prefabricated steel sections in a lattice design, the Bailey Bridge has two vertical piers and a low horizontal crosspiece held together by large movable pins.

 The Bailey Bridge extends across Lake Shore Boulevard West near the west end of Exhibition Place. It is located near Scadding Cabin, the Bandshell, and the Shrine Peace Memorial, which are included on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties. The Bailey Bridge on Lake Shore Boulevard West has been a visible feature on Toronto=s waterfront for nearly half a century. Purported to be the only remaining Bailey Bridge in the former City of Toronto, the Bailey Bridge on Lake Shore Boulevard West is an important

 

   
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