Beard Building

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Beard Building
General information
Status Demolished
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
Location 163 King Street East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°39′01″N 79°22′18″W / 43.650366°N 79.371587°W / 43.650366; -79.371587Coordinates: 43°39′01″N 79°22′18″W / 43.650366°N 79.371587°W / 43.650366; -79.371587
Completed 1893 – 1894
Demolished 1935
Cost $25,000
Roof 25.8 m (85 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 7
1 below ground
Design and construction
Architect E.J. Lennox

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.[3] The building was named after George Beard, the original landowner of the site at Jarvis St. and King St. East.[4][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.[5] The current site is occupied by a low rise condo development.


  1. ^ Beard Building at Emporis
  2. ^ "Beard Building". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ Bateman, Chris (13 June 2017). "The short, mysterious life of the Beard Building". Spacing. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Beard Building: E.J. Lennox UnBound!". Urbanism. Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Obsolete Buildings are Being Torn Down". The Toronto Daily Star. 30 July 1935. p. 7. 

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