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Convention Centre for Metropolitan Toronto, Feasibility Study, Toronto (1972)

Convention Centre for Metropolitan Toronto, Feasibility Study, Toronto (1972)

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People

  • John Cresswell Parkin (archive creator)

Title

Convention Centre for Metropolitan Toronto, Feasibility Study, Toronto (1972)

Dates of creation

circa 1972-1977

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • Approximately 50 drawings (including 21 reprographic copies)
  • 6 mounted photographs
  • 1 mounted painting
  • 0.1 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

This project series documents a feasibility study for a convention centre in Toronto from 1972-1973. The office identified the project number as 7228.

This project consisted of a study to evaluate the feasibility of various downtown sites to build a convention centre, particularly sites close to the CN Tower and Union Station. The project also included the design of the convention centre, establishing realistic project costs and testing the building criteria with governments and committees. The debate on whether the convention centre should be constructed lasted throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. Parkin Architects Planners also investigated specific sites and refined the design in the late 1970s, under a different project number (see project series AP018.S1.1978.PR05 described in this fonds), and the project was later referred to as the Ontario Congress and Trade Centre. It should be noted that Congress Centre and Convention Centre are used interchangeably in the materials. Eventually, the building contract was given to another architectural firm and today is known as the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre.

The project is recorded through drawings, presentation boards and textual records dating from around 1972-1977. The drawings consist of plans, elevations, sections, diagrams and sketches, while the textual records include press clippings, project notes, correspondence, the feasibility report, conference reports, and the project proposal. The presentation boards consist of photographs of the project model, site investigation plans, and a painting of the project by Dawson.

Reference Number

AP018.S1.1972.PR02

Arrangement

Materials in this project series have been kept in their original order and/or arranged by material type.

Location

Toronto Ontario Canada

Related units of description

  • Records for related projects are also included in this fonds, see: AP018.S1.1978.PR05, Ontario Congress and Trade Centre, Toronto.

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    • Reference Number: AP018.S1.1972.PR02.001
    • Title: Floor and site plans, elevations, sections and grid diagrams, Convention Centre for Metropolitan Toronto, Feasibility Study, Toronto
    • Dates of creation: circa 1972
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • John Cresswell Parkin (archive creator)

    Description:

    One of these drawings was made on a project sheet for the Eaton's Store.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 18 drawings

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 106 x 58 cm Sheet (largest): 145 x 84 cm

    Credit line:

    John C. Parkin fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de John C. Parkin/
    Gift of John C. Parkin

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    • Reference Number: AP018.S1.1972.PR02.002
    • Title: Floor, site and roof plans, elevations, diagrams, sketches and project graphics, Convention Centre for Metropolitan Toronto, Feasibility Study, Toronto
    • Dates of creation: 1973
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • John Cresswell Parkin (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 11 drawings
    • 8 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 101 x 58 cm Sheet (largest): 226 x 80 cm

    Credit line:

    John C. Parkin fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de John C. Parkin/
    Gift of John C. Parkin

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    • Reference Number: AP018.S1.1972.PR02.003
    • Title: Project documentation, Convention Centre for Metropolitan Toronto, Feasibility Study, Toronto
    • Dates of creation: 1973-1977
    • Form: textual records, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • John Cresswell Parkin (archive creator)

    Description:

    This is a box containing press clippings, project notes, correspondence, copy of the feasibility report, conference reports, project proposal, and master plan and site plan drawings.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • Approximately 10 reprographic copies
    • 0.1 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    John C. Parkin fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de John C. Parkin/
    Gift of John C. Parkin

    Folder Number:

    018-353-10 to 14

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    • Reference Number: AP018.S1.1972.PR02.004
    • Title: Presentation boards, Convention Centre for Metropolitan Toronto, Feasibility Study, Toronto
    • Dates of creation: circa 1972
    • Form: photographs, works of art, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • John Cresswell Parkin (archive creator)

    Description:

    These presentation boards consist of photographs of the project model, site investigation plans, a floor plan, and a painting of the project by Dawson.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 6 mounted photographs
    • 3 mounted reprographic copies
    • 1 mounted painting

    Dimensions:

    Sheet (smallest): 74 x 51 cm Sheet (largest): 104 x 78 cm

    Credit line:

    John C. Parkin fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    Don de John C. Parkin/
    Gift of John C. Parkin

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