New Owners of a Toronto Special Choose Design over Demolition / by Sustainable

There were two possible places for the “column of space,” says architect Paul Dowsett, nestling into a dining-room chair below the enormous “sputnik” chandelier.

The popular choice was the front. Runner-up was smack-dab in the middle of the generous 1700-square-foot floor plan. Formerly a tenanted, three-apartment Toronto Special – one of thousands of plain, boxy, infill buildings built by infill builders from the 1950s to the 1980s – this buff brick, 1959 building was a natural for an airy, double-height column of space now that it was going to be owner-occupied. The only question was: Where?