Royal Conservatory of Music, Master Plan, Toronto (1991)
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  • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

Royal Conservatory of Music, Master Plan, Toronto (1991)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 203 drawings
    2 paintings
    1 magazine
    0.01 l.m. of textual records
Scope and content:
This project series documents the master plan for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 1991. The office identified the project number as 9107.
This project consisted of long-range planning for renovations and additions to the music school, located in Victorian-era McMaster Hall on Bloor Street and originally built in 1881. This plan came in preparation of the Conservatory's separation from the University of Toronto in 1987. The program recognized the need for 73,450 square feet of space for the school to carry out its teaching, administrative, public, and performance duties. The building had a basement, six floors above grade and two levels of parking. The work was to focus around public spaces for socialization and to create grand spaces for the performance of music. Smaller teaching and practice rooms, along with administrative spaces, were also to be included. The plan proposed the restoration of McMaster Hall, the restoration of Memorial Hall to the east of the building as a 220-seat recital hall, the creation of a new enclosed courtyard surrounded by cloisters, and renovations to the South Pavilion as a cafe. A new West Wing was also proposed to accommodate teaching and practice areas, while a new East Wing would contain a 550-seat concert hall. These changes were to be carried out in phases, with 3 phases proposed as the most effecient and cost effective.
The project is recorded through drawings, presentation paintings, a magazine, and textual records dating from 1991. The drawings include sketches, presentation drawings, plans, elevations and sections. The magazine is a special issue of the Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence, featuring this project, and the textual records present the complete project proposal.
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Materials in this project series have been compiled from multiple accessions and/or arranged by material type.

Toronto Ontario Canada

Related units of description:
  • Records for related projects are also included in this fonds, see: AP056.S1.1992.PR06, Royal Conservatory of Music, Historic Roof Restauration, Toronto; AP056.S1.1995.PR06, Royal Conservatory of Music, Memorial Concert Hall Renovations, Toronto.

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