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Demolition of former nursing residence & hotel at 90 Gerrard Street West continues steady pace

90 Gerrard Street West

August 25 2012: Demolition progress on The Residence building seen from the southeast at the corner of Gerrard and Laplante Streets


Shell shock:  Judging by the correspondence I’ve received, and several comments on earlier posts, a lot of people are upset and dismayed that The Residence building at 90 Gerrard Street West is being dismantled.

The 19-storey concrete and glass tower at Elizabeth & Gerrard Streets, directly across the street from Toronto General Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children, was originally built as a residence for nursing students in 1969. More recently, it operated as The Residence, a budget hotel that was popular with patients (and their families) coming into the city for medical treatment at Toronto General and Sick Kids, and at the nearby Mt Sinai and Princess Margaret hospitals.



Former nursing student residence & budget hotel at 90 Gerrard West coming down in pieces

90 Gerrard Street West Toronto

The Residence at 90 Gerrard Street West, seen here on April 27 2012 when most of the glass had been removed from its windows …


90 Gerrard Street West Toronto

… is gradually being taken apart, piece by piece …


90 Gerrard Street West Toronto

… after which time the demolished building eventually be replaced by a new lecture hall facility for the University Health Network


Midrise deconstruction: The piece-by-piece demolition of a former residence for nursing students is taking some people in downtown Toronto by surprise.

On Wednesday afternoon, I watched as crews removed sections of the concrete exterior of the 19-storey building at 90 Gerrard Street West, a midrise tower that was originally constructed as a nursing student residence in 1969 and, in recent years, operated as a budget hotel called The Residence. (The accommodations had been popular with patients — and their families — who had to come to Toronto for appointments and treatments at Toronto General Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children across the street, as well as other downtown medical institutions.)



UHN to demolish former nursing residence and build “state of the art” lecture hall in its place

January 14 2011 view of 90 Gerrard Street West. Originally a residence for nursing students, in recent years the building housed The Residence College Hotel.

Dormitory demolition: Toronto’s downtown hospital district will be getting another new building in the near future — a “state-of-the-art” lecture hall — once a tower that occupies the proposed 90 Gerrard Street West location has been demolished.

The University Health Network (UHN), which operates three downtown hospitals — Toronto Western on Bathurst Street, Princess Margaret on University Avenue and Toronto General on Elizabeth Street — once had a large lecture theatre at Toronto General. However, that facility was lost several years ago when the MaRS Centre was constructed at Toronto General along College Street. UHN has been languishing without an appropriate lecture centre ever since, but is now taking steps to remedy the situation by building an ultra-modern UHN Lecture Hall at the northeast corner of Elizabeth Street and Gerrard Street West.

The mid-rise, 19-storey concrete and glass building currently on the site is now being prepared for demolition. Originally constructed as a residence for nursing students, the building was recently known as The Residence College Hotel, which offered budget accommodations to hospital patients and other Toronto visitors.

In a newsletter announcement to staff last April, UHN president Bob Bell said UHN had applied to the city for a permit to demolish The Residence and replace it with the new lecture hall as well as green space.  The city issued the demolition permit on June 1. The building’s windows subsequently were covered from the inside, while fencing and hoarding was installed on the outside of the property, so crews could prepare the structure for demolition.

The UHN Lecture Hall is being designed by Toronto’s Diamond + Schmitt Architects, which also designed the SickKids Research and Learning Tower that I profiled in TheTorontoBlog last week. So far, UHN has not made public any proposed designs for the new building. The lecture hall project is the fourth major building initiative currently underway in the hospital district. Besides the SickKids tower, there is ongoing building activity at nearby Mt. Sinai Hospital, where several new floors have been added to the top of the hospital, and at Toronto Rehab, where work is continuing on addition to that facility. Below are several photos taken last Friday of 90 Gerrard Street West.