|Architectural style||Romanesque Revival|
|Location||163 King Street East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Completed||1893 – 1894|
|Roof||25.8 m (85 ft)|
1 below ground
|Design and construction|
The Beard Building was a seven-storey, 25.8 m (85 ft) Richardsonian Romanesque highrise in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Designed by E.J. Lennox, and completed in 1894, it is regarded as the city's first skyscraper. Initial plans were for a nine-storey, iron-framed structure, but a more traditional wood/brick combination with seven storeys was settled upon.
The Beard Building was a bank at street level, a commercial and office tower, and a hotel. The hotel never opened due to the design. The building was named after George Beard, the original landowner of the site at Jarvis St. and King St. East.[not in citation given]
The Beard Building was demolished in the mid-1930s, but surrounding structures, including St. Lawrence Hall, in the intersection survive to this day. The current site is occupied by a low rise condo development.
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