University Place Building, Front and York Streets, Toronto (1980-1987)
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  • John Cresswell Parkin (archive creator)

University Place Building, Front and York Streets, Toronto (1980-1987)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • Approximately 2857 drawings (including 2765 reprographic copies)
    888 photographic materials
    2.849 l.m. of textual records
    3 ceramic tiles
Scope and content:
This project series documents the design and construction of an office building for Marathon Realty in Toronto at the corner of York and Front Streets from 1980-1983. The office identified the project number as 8009.
The project consisted of two nineteen storey towers with stainless steel and glass exteriors connected by a glass atrium on each floor. Owned and commissioned by Marathon Realty, the majority of the building’s space was designed for rental. Due to this, the design was highly modular with no interior walls on most floors. Each floor was approximately 18,000 square feet. The ground floor consisted of a lobby, a bank and a restaurant. At the beginning of this project, the project was named Marathon Realty Office Building, Front and York Streets. Soon after, the office building became known as University Place, which it is often referred to as in these materials. Eventually, the building would become the headquarters of CitiBank and renamed Citigroup Place.
The project is recorded through drawings, photographs, textual records and other materials dating from 1980-1987. The majority of the drawings are located within the textual records and show the design of building details. Other drawings include site surveys, design development drawings, presentation drawings, and construction drawings. The photographs show construction progress, tests, models, and the finished project. The textual records contain the project proposal, contracts, client and contractor correspondence, inter-office memos, meeting minutes, financial records, change orders, supplementary instructions, specifications, detail planning, artist’s portfolios for the building’s art competition, site inspection reports, and schedules. File AP018.S1.1980.PR09.004 contains an index to the textual records, which was created by the office.
The CCA also holds materials for a subproject under this project series, which document the installation of signs to the top of the building after the building's construction (AP018.S1.1980.PR09.SS1). Subproject materials are viewed separately from the project due to the different project numbers originally assigned by the office.
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Material in this project series was compiled from different accessions and/or arranged by type of material.
Conditions governing reproduction:
  • AR1997:0021: Jennifer A.C. Parkin holds copyright. Permission must be sought from copyright holder before reproductions can be made.

Toronto Ontario Canada

Related units of description:
  • In this fonds, files AP018.S1.1982.PR07.004 and AP018.S1.1977.PR02.009 contain photographic material of this project. Files in this project series also contain materials for the following projects: AP018.S1.1962.PR04, Toronto-Dominion Bank Centre, Toronto. AP018.S1.1974.PR02, University of Ottawa Health Sciences Building, Ottawa, Ontario; AP018.S1.1980.PR09.SS2, Citibank Signage, University Place, Toronto; AP018.S1.1983.PR03, University Place Tunnel, Toronto; Records for related projects are also included in this fonds, see: AP018.S1.1980.PR09.SS2, Citibank Signage, University Place, Toronto; AP018.S1.1982.PR20, St. James Restaurant, University Place, Toronto; AP018.S1.1983.PR03, University Place Tunnel, Toronto; AP018.S1.1985.PR06, University Place Lobby Extension, Toronto

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