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Canada Permanent Trust Building
Canada Permanent Building.jpg
Old photo of the building
Type office building
Built 1928-1930
Architect F.H. Wilkes, Mathers & Haldenby; Sproatt & Rolph
Architectural style(s) Art Deco
Owner Menkes Developments Ltd. and TD Greystone Asset Management
Designated Nov 26, 1975

Built in 1931 and formerly known as the Canada Permanent Trust Building in Toronto, 320 Bay Street designed by the architect Henry Sproatt. It is an 18-storey office building located in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Menkes Developments Ltd. will be implementing a major restoration of the building, improving the quality and service of the space, while preserving the integrity of the structure's its history and architectural elements. Menkes plans to enhance the 1930s fa├žade, and has exciting plans for a street level reimagination of the Building. The revitalization of the 300,000 square foot space will include significant electrical and mechanical upgrades.

Heritage Information

The building is designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act since November 26, 1975. There is also a heritage easement agreement on the building, Registered C440805, since January 7, 1988. The building has a heritage designation plaque to inform the public, placed in 1978.

Canada Permanent Trust Building Sept 2006
Canada Permanent Trust Building in 2006

Per the official designation: "The Canada Permannent Trust Building, 320 Bay Street at Adelaide Street West (SW), 1929-30 by F. Hilton Wilkes & Mackenzie Waters; Mathers & Haldenby, Associates. Sproatt & Rolph, Consultants.

The Canada Permanent Trust Building is designated to be of architectural value as being one of the finest highrise bank buildings of its period in Canada. Designed using the simplified classical forms of the Style Moderne, it combines an emphasis on its vertical height appropriate to its basic form, with the impressive vaulted banking hall, characteristic of bank buildings at the beginning of the Century. The building is also important as a part of the Bay Street canyon of high-rise buildings that has come to be regarded as symbolic of Toronto's financial quarter."

Company Information

The Canada Permanent Trust building was purchased by Menkes Developments Ltd. in partnership with TD Greystone Asset Management in January 2019 and is now known as The Permanent.

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