Canadian Pacific Building (Toronto)

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Canadian Pacific Building
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Alternative names Canadian Pacific Railway Building
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 69 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°38′57″N 79°22′39″W / 43.649043°N 79.377564°W / 43.649043; -79.377564Coordinates: 43°38′57″N 79°22′39″W / 43.649043°N 79.377564°W / 43.649043; -79.377564
Completed 1913
Roof c. 85 m (279 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 15
Lifts/elevators 3
Design and construction
Architect Darling and Pearson

The Canadian Pacific Building is a 15-storey highrise at 69 Yonge Street in Toronto designed by the architectural firm of Darling and Pearson. When completed in 1913 as corporate headquarters for the Canadian Pacific Railway, it was the tallest building in Canada, and the British Empire as well.[3] By 1929, its original ornate terracotta exterior proved to be unable to sufficiently withstand Canadian winters. Over the course of one year and a half, under the supervision of its original architects Darling and Pearson, it was reclad with Indiana Limestone from the fourth floor up, with the original granite on the first three floors untouched.[4] The Canadian Pacific Railway name no longer adorns the building, but traces of the name still remain on the walls.


  1. ^ Canadian Pacific Building (Toronto) at Emporis
  2. ^ "Canadian Pacific Building". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ Derek Boles (23 August 2010). "CP Building – 1913". Toronto Railway Historical Association. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Osbaldeston, Mark (2011). "16: Toronto's New Skyline, 1928 / Unbuilt - Built to Different Plans". Unbuilt Toronto 2: More of the City That Might Have Been. Toronto: Dundurn Press. p. 139. 

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