December 10 2013: Looking up the west side of the Post House Condominium under construction on George Street, just a few steps north of Adelaide Street, in Toronto’s historic Old Town neighbourhood
Twenty somethings: Two condo towers under construction just two blocks apart from each other on Adelaide Street East are adding some more height to the steadily changing southeast downtown skyline.
On George Street, just a few steps north of Adelaide, the Post House Condominium tower has climbed over 18 storeys on its way to 21. Just two blocks east, the Ivory on Adelaide condo complex has risen 20 floors on the way to 22.
Although their heights pale in comparison with condo towers under construction along Adelaide Street West, where several new buildings in the Entertainment District will soar twice as tall, Post House and Ivory still stand out in the historic Old Town area of Toronto. Though they’re not the first highrises in the neighbourhood, and will be joined by a handful more within the next several years, they do add obvious height and density to what is one of the most pleasantly walkable residential and commercial districts in the downtown core.
December 10 2013: Looking up the southwest corner of the Ivory on Adelaide condo under construction on Adelaide Street just east of Sherbourne Street
My March 2013 album on Flickr features more than 500 photos showing dozens of downtown construction projects and building sites. Click once on the image above to view a small-format slideshow of the pictures, or click twice to access the actual album where you can view individual full-size photos with captions.
Frozen fingers: It’s only a few days into spring and I’m still sorting through hundreds of building and construction photos I took during the winter. What has struck me the most is how gloomy and grey the city looked most of the time. Sunny, clear days were few and far between — and when they came, it was usually too bitterly cold and windy for me to risk freezing my fingers by wandering around with my camera.
August 22 2012: Drilling and earth moving machines work on the west side of the Ivory on Adelaide condo construction site at 400-406 Adelaide East
August 22 2012: Looking toward the Ivory site from the southwest
August 22 2012: Ivory site viewed from the south at the corner of Adelaide & Princess Streets
August 22 2012: A concrete truck waits on Adelaide Street next to hoarding along the sidewalk at the southeast side of the Ivory condo construction site
Drilling for Ivory: Motorists have lost access to another downtown parking lot as construction gets underway on yet another condo building.
These days, only earth movers and drilling machines are allowed on the rectangular property at 400 – 406 Adelaide Street East, where foundation building work recently got underway at the Ivory on Adelaide midrise condo building.
A project of The Plaza Corporation, Ivory on Adelaide will feature 272 units in a 22-storey building designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects. Suites are available in four different floorplan configurations, including 1-bedrooms ranging in size from a 520 to 650 square feet; 1-bedroom + dens offering 650 to 702 square feet; 2-bedrooms with 721 to 983 square feet; and penthouses in a host of sizes from 665 square feet to 1,389 square feet. The project website doesn’t list prices, but indicates that parking and locker are included in the prices for the 1-bedroom + den, 2-bedroom and penthouse suites. The condo interiors were designed by Brian Patton Interior Design.