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Eight Cumberland Reveals Restored Heritage Streetfronts: Urban Toronto

September 29, 2023
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As Toronto's main streets continuously evolve through the redevelopment of assembled properties, many heritage elements are being incorporated with the new buildings, most often through restored or replicated heritage walls now fronting modern concrete and steel structures in behind.  Eight Cumberland is one of those projects combining the old with the new. Designed by architects—Alliance for Great Gulf and Phantom Developments, the 51-storey modern condo tower with heritage retail street-fronts, is located at the northeast corner of Yonge and Cumberland streets in the Bloor-Yorkville area.

While the new tower was already topped off at the start of this year, this summer saw the unveiling of its podium's preserved heritage facades as restoration work was completed on them. On behalf of the developers, GBCA Architects assembled an Heritage Impact Plan for the project and have endeavoured to return this row of five three-storey heritage street-fronts to close to their original state. Nestled at the base of the tower, the buildings are addressed to 826 through 834 Yonge Street, and embody the traditional built charm of Yonge Street.

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