Convention Centre for Metropolitan Toronto, Feasibility Study, Toronto (1972)
Dates of creation
Level of archival description
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.