Dominion Public Building

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The Dominion Public Building

The Dominion Public Building is a five-storey neoclassical structure built between 1926 and 1935 for the government of Canada at southeast corner of Front and Bay streets in Toronto.[1]

The building was designed by architects Thomas W. Fuller and James Henry Craig and originally served as Toronto's federal customs clearing house. It remains a federal property, currently housing a number of administrative and support functions for Canada Revenue Agency.

Wholesale warehouses along Front Street, c. 1872

The building north facade is curved to follow the property line along Front Street east of Bay Street. To the south is the Union Station Bus Terminal, formerly the site of the CP Express and Freight Building which replaced the old Grand Trunk Freight Shed after 1904.

old Customs House at corner of Front and Yonge Street

Prior to 1920s, the site was occupied by a series wholesale warehouses along Front from Bay to just west of Yonge. These buildings were destroyed by the Great Toronto Fire of 1904. To the east were the City's seventh Customs House and the annex Customs Examination Warehouse which were built in 1876 on the site of the sixth Customs House.

site of Dominion Public Building to the north of the ferry docks and east of Union Station

By 1919, the old Customs House was demolished and the stretch along Front laid vacant.

On January 11, 2017 Canada Lands Company announced the pending sale of the property.[2]

Building Sold - See Friday March 24 2017 Toronto Star [3] Larco Investments, owner of Ottawa's Chateau Laurier, has bought the Dominion Public Building.

Other Dominion Public Buildings[edit]

In 1935-36, Dominion Public Buildings in Halifax was built by Dominion architect Eric Temple[4]

The Art Deco/Modern Classicism Dominion Public Building at 457 Richmond Street in London was built in 1934-1935 for the Government of Canada as a Post Office by Dominion Chief Architect Thomas W. Fuller and renovated in 2007.[5]

The Dominion Public Building at 45 Main Street East in Hamilton opened in 1935 as a post office replacing the 1880s structure.[6] In 1991, the Hamilton facility at 45 Main Street East was renovated and expanded to become the John Sopinka Courthouse.[7] The building was built by local firm Hutton and Souter rather than by the Dominion architect.[8]

Another building in Toronto, 330 Keele Street, also has the same name and was designed by Craig and Madill in 1935-1936[9] and is now used by Correctional Service of Canada as Keele Community Correctional Centre, a halfway house.


Coordinates: 43°38′45″N 79°22′40″W / 43.64592°N 79.377857°W / 43.64592; -79.377857