List of tallest buildings in Toronto

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View on the central business district from the CN Tower (June 2012)
Tallest buildings in Toronto.

This list of tallest buildings in Toronto ranks skyscrapers in the Canadian city of Toronto, Ontario by height. The tallest structure in Toronto is the CN Tower, which rises 553 metres (1,814 ft).[1] The CN Tower was the tallest free-standing structure on land from 1975 until 2007. However, it is not generally considered a high-rise building as it does not have successive floors that can be occupied. The tallest habitable building in the city is First Canadian Place, which rises 298 metres (978 ft) tall in Toronto's Financial District and was completed in 1975. It also stands as the tallest building in Canada.[2]

The history of skyscrapers in Toronto began in 1894 with the construction of the Beard Building, which is often regarded as the first skyscraper in the city.[3] Toronto went through its first building boom in the late 1920s and early 1930s, during which the number of high-rise buildings in the city vastly increased. After this period, there was a great lull in construction between 1932 and 1964 with only a single building above 91.5 metres (300 ft) tall being built.

The city then experienced a second, much larger building boom, which was at its peak between 1967 and 1976. This period saw the construction of Canada's three tallest buildings and 6 of its top 10 (at the time). When topped off in 1967, the TD Tower was the 14th tallest building in the world. The TD Tower would soon be followed by Commerce Court West, the 14th tallest building in the world at the time of its completion in 1972. Later, Canada's current tallest building, the First Canadian Place, became the sixth tallest building in the world at the time of its completion in 1975. After the mid-1970s, the pace of the boom slowed considerably but continued onto the early 1990s, culminating with the construction of the city's and Canada's second and third tallest buildings: Scotia Plaza and the TD Canada Trust Tower.

After this boom, the city went through a third, shorter lull in construction from 1993 to 2004, in which the city added only one new building to its top 20. By 2005 however, the city's third and largest high-rise construction boom began with the completion of One King Street West and has continued unabated ever since with nearly 50 planned, under construction or recently built buildings over 150 metres (490 ft) tall. Of the 20 buildings in Toronto taller than 200 metres, only six were built prior to 2000. In 2012, The St. Regis Toronto (then known as Trump International Hotel and Tower) was completed, with a top dome height of 252 m (827 ft)[4] and an antenna height of 277 metres (908 ft), making it the fourth-tallest structure in Toronto and all of Canada. With the completion in late 2014 of Aura—which, at 78 storeys and a height of 272 m (892 ft), is the highest residential building in Canada—the tallest building under construction is the 308-metre (1,005 ft) tall The One.

Natalie Alcoba of the National Post described this phenomenon as the "Manhattanization" of Toronto.[5] In one week of 2018, Toronto's city council approved 755 storeys of new development in the city's downtown core.[6] The Toronto skyline can be spotted by the naked eye during clear daylight skies from locations as far as Newmarket in the north, Clarington in the east, Hamilton in the west, and Fort Niagara State Park, which is situated southeast of Toronto across Lake Ontario in the American state of New York.

As of March 2019, Toronto has constructed 60 skyscrapers and has a further 27 under construction and most of those should be built by 2022. Toronto also has 69 skyscrapers that are either approved or in the proposal stage. Toronto currently ranks 16th in the world with most skyscrapers already completed, 3rd in North America and 1st in Canada and ranks 7th in the world with the number of skyscrapers under construction.

Tallest buildings[edit]

There are 60 skyscrapers in Toronto that stand at least 150 m (492 ft) ranked by standard height measurement as of January 2019.[7] This includes spires and architectural details, but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. An asterisk (*) indicates that a building has been topped out, but not completed. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Freestanding observation and/or telecommunication towers, while not habitable buildings, are included for comparison purposes; however, they are not ranked. One such tower is the CN Tower.

Rank Name Image Height
m / ft
Floors Year Category Notes
N/A CN Tower Toronto - ON - Toronto Harbourfront7.jpg 553 / 1,815 147
equiv.
1976 Telecommunications
Tower
1 First Canadian Place First Canadian Place August 2017 01.jpg 298 / 978 72 1976 Commercial
  • Tallest building in Canada since 1975
  • 8th tallest building in the world at the time of its completion
  • Tallest building in the world outside Chicago and New York City at the time of its completion
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 1970s
  • Formerly known as First Bank Tower
2 The St. Regis Toronto Trump tower 2013 complete.JPG 277 / 908 57 2012 Hotel & Residential
  • Tallest mixed-use building in Canada
  • 776 ft (237 m) to roof
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 2010s as of 2018
  • Formerly known as Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto and The Adelaide Hotel
3 Scotia Plaza Scotia Plaza 2009.JPG 275 / 902 68 1988 Commercial
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 1980s
4 Aura Aura building Toronto 388 Yonge St.jpg 272 / 892 78 2014 Residential
  • Tallest and largest residential building/condominium in Canada
5 TD Canada Trust Tower Toronto - ON - TD Canada Trust Tower2.jpg 261 / 856 53 1990 Commercial
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 1990s
6 One Bloor East One Bloor picture.jpg 257 / 844 76 2017 Residential
7 Commerce Court West Toronto - ON - Commerce Court West.jpg 239 / 784 57 1972 Commercial
8 Harbour Plaza Residences East 237 / 778 67 2017 Residential
9 ICE East (ICE II) ICE North.jpg 234 / 768 67 2015 Residential
10 Harbour Plaza Residences West 228 / 748 63 2017 Residential
11 Ten York 224 / 735 65 2018 Residential
12 Toronto-Dominion Tower TD Centre View from Yonge and King.JPG 223 / 731 56 1967 Commercial
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 1960s
13 Bay Adelaide Centre West Tower Bay Adelaide first tower nearing completion - cropped.jpg 218 / 715 51 2009 Commercial
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 2000s
14 Shangri-La Toronto Shangri-la cropped.JPG 215 / 705 66 2012 Hotel & Residential
  • 66 floors including mechanical
15 Ritz-Carlton Toronto Ritz Carlton Toronto far.jpg 210 / 689 53 2011 Hotel & Residential
16 Bay Wellington Tower Bay Wellington Tower.jpg 208 / 682 49 1991 Commercial
17 The L Tower L Tower from The Esplanande.JPG 205 / 672 58 2016 Residential
18= 88 Scott 88 Scott Toronto.jpg 204 / 669 58 2017 Residential
18= Four Seasons Hotel and Residences West 80px 204 / 669 55 2012 Hotel & Residential
  • 55 floors including mechanical
20 ICE West (ICE I) ICE South.jpg 202 / 663 57 2014 Residential
21 YC Condos 198 / 650 62 2018 Residential
22 E Condos Tower 1 196 / 643 58 2018 Residential
23 Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower Bay Adelaide Centre 3.jpg 190 / 623 44 2016 Commercial
24 EY Tower EY Tower Toronto - 2017.jpg 188 / 617 40 2017 Commercial
25= Casa II 185 / 607 56 2016 Residential
25= RBC Centre RBC Centre.JPG 185 / 607 42 2009 Commercial
27 U Condominiums 2 184 / 604 56 2016 Residential
28 Royal Trust Tower TD Centre Toronto.jpg 183 / 600 46 1969 Commercial
29 Maple Leaf Square North Tower Maple Leaf Square, North Tower.jpg 181 / 594 54 2010 Hotel & Residential
30 Royal Bank Plaza South Royal Bank Building.jpg 180 / 591 40 1979 Commercial
31 Casa III 179.5 / 589 55 2018 Residential
32 INDX Tower 179 / 587 54 2016 Residential
33 One King West Hotel & Residence One King St W, Toronto.jpg 176 / 578 51 2005 Hotel & Residential
  • Tallest completed all-residential skyscraper in Toronto in the 2000s
34 Success Tower 1 Success Tower I at the Pinnacle Centre.jpg 173 / 567 55 2009 Residential
35 Maple Leaf Square South Tower MLS South Cropped.JPG 171 / 561 50 2010 Residential
36 Hullmark Centre, North Tower Hullmark Centre in Toronto (174154) (cropped).jpg 168 / 551 45 2014 Residential
  • Tallest building in North York
  • Tallest building in Toronto outside of Downtown
37= 44 Charles Street West Manulife Centre.jpg 166 / 545 51 1972 Residential
37= Karma Condos 166 / 544 50 2016 Residential
37= The Selby 165.5 / 543 50 2018 Residential
40 Quantum 2 Minto Midtown.JPG 165 / 541 54 2008 Residential
41= Residences of College Park North Residences of College Park.jpg 163 / 535 51 2006 Residential
41= Burano Burano Cropped.JPG 163 / 535 50 2012 Residential
41= One York Street One York, Toronto, South view 20170417 1.jpg 163 / 535 35 2016 Commercial
44= Success Tower 2 162 / 531 52 2011 Residential
44= Lago at the Waterfront 162 / 531 50 2016 Residential
46= X2 161 / 528 49 2015 Residential
46= FIVE 161 / 528 48 2016 Residential
48= The Uptown Residences Uptown, Toronto.jpg 160 / 524 48 2011 Residential
48= Delta Toronto Hotel Delta Hotel.jpg 160 / 524 47 2014 Hotel
50= Grid Condos 158 / 518 50 2018 Residential
50= Three Hundred 300 Front Street.jpg 158 / 518 49 2014 Residential
52= Theatre Park Theater Park.jpg 157 / 515 47 2015 Residential
52= Festival Tower Lightbox cropped.JPG 157 / 515 42 2011 Residential
54 87 Peter (Noir Condominiums) 156 / 512 49 2018 Residential
55= U Condominiums 154 / 505 46 2015 Residential
55= TD Waterhouse Tower TD Waterhouse Tower.JPG 154 / 505 39 1985 Commercial
57= West One CityPlace West One.JPG 153 / 503 49 2007 Residential
57= 35 Mariner 35 Mariner, Harbourview Estates.jpg 153 / 503 49 2005 Residential
57= Westlake Village 1 153 / 502 48 2015 Residential
57= Montage CityPlace Montage.JPG 153 / 502 48 2009 Residential

Tallest buildings and structures by pinnacle height[edit]

Skyscrapers and other structures may also be measured based on their pinnacle height, which includes radio masts and antennas. As architectural features and spires can be regarded as subjective, some skyscraper enthusiasts prefer this method of measurement. Standard architectural height measurement, which excludes antennas in building height, is included for comparative purposes.

Rank Name Pinnacle height
m / ft
Standard height
m / ft
Year completed Notes
1 CN Tower 553 / 1,815 457 / 1,499 1976 [9]
2 First Canadian Place 355 / 1,165 298 / 978 1975 [10]
3 Commerce Court West 287 / 942 239 / 784 1972 [11]
4 The St. Regis Toronto 277 / 908 277 / 908 2012 [4]
5 Scotia Plaza 275 / 902 275 / 902 1988 [12]
6 Aura 272 / 892 272 / 892 2014
7 TD Canada Trust Tower 263 / 862 227 / 745 1992 [13]
8 One Bloor 257 / 844 257 / 844 2017
9 Harbour Plaza Residences East 238 / 781 238 / 781 2017
10 ICE East (ICE II) 234 / 768 234 / 768 2015
11 Harbour Plaza Residences West 228 / 748 228 / 748 2017
12 Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower 223 / 732 223 / 732 1969 [14]
13 Bay Adelaide Centre 218 / 715 218 / 715 2009
14 Shangri-La Toronto 214 / 702 214 /702 2012
15 Ritz-Carlton Toronto 210 / 688 210 / 688 2011 [15]
16 Bay Wellington Tower 208 / 682 208 / 682 1992 [16]
17 L Tower 205 / 672 205 / 672 2016
18 Four Seasons Hotel and Residences 204 / 669 204 / 669 2012
19 88 Scott 204 / 669 204 / 669 2017
20 ICE West (ICE I) 202 / 663 202 / 663 2015

Tallest under construction[edit]

There are 27 buildings under construction in Toronto and are planned to rise at least 150 m (492 ft) as of January 2019.[17] A building is officially listed as Under Construction when the construction crane is installed.

Rank Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
1 The One 306.3 / 1005 83 2022 Once completed, it will surpass First Canadian Place — Canada's current tallest skyscraper and become Canada's first supertall skyscraper. Construction officially began with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 5, 2017.
2 CIBC Square I 237.8 / 780 49 2020 Construction officially began with a ground breaking ceremony on June 21, 2017.
3 Sugar Wharf Condominiums, Tower D 230.2 / 755 70 2022
4 Sky Tower Eau du Soleil 228.2 / 749 66 2019 Upon completion — Canada's tallest building outside a central business district.
5 Sugar Wharf Condominiums, Tower E 218.2 / 716 64 2022
6 The Prestige 216.2 / 709 65 2022 Part of the One Yonge Development on the site of the Toronto Star Building
7 Massey Tower 208.3 / 683 60 2019
8 The Residences of 488 University Avenue 207 / 679 55 2019
9 E Condos South 195.7 / 642 55 2019
10 Wellesley on the Park 194.2 / 637 60 2019
11 2221 Yonge Condos 192.5 / 632 58 2019
12 19 Duncan 186.5 / 612 58 2022
13 1 Yorkville 183.2 / 601 58 2019
14 Eau Du Soleil Water Tower 180.8 / 593 49 2019
15 The Rosedale on Bloor 179 / 587 52 2021
16 VITA on the Lake 177.1 / 581 53 2021
17 The Well, Office Tower 173.9 / 571 36 2020
18 The Selby Condos 170.6 / 560 49 2019
19 TeaHouse 501 Yonge Condominiums 170 / 558 52 2019
20 Lighthouse Tower Condominiums 170 / 558 52 2019
21 Grid Condos 157 / 515 50 2019
22 16 York 157 / 515 31 2020 Construction began on July 1, 2017
23 Yonge & Rich Condominiums 156.4 / 513 45 2019
24 Dundas Square Gardens 156 / 512 48 2019
25 PJ Condos 155.8 / 511 50 2019
26 King Blue by Greenland North Tower 155.8 / 511 48 2019
27 The Well Condominiums, Tower 1 153.4 / 503 44 2020

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
m / ft
Floors Reference Image
Beard Building 163 King Street East 1894–1896 30 / 98 7 [3] Lennoxlight.jpg
Temple Building 62 Richmond Street West 1896–1906 40 / 131 10 [18] Temple Building, Toronto.jpg
Trader's Bank Building 67 Yonge Street 1906–1912 60 / 197 15 [19] Trader's Bank Building Toronto.jpg
Canadian Pacific Building 69 Yonge Street 1912–1915 65 / 213 15 [20] 1910 Canadian Pacific Building Toronto.jpg
Royal Bank Building 2 King Street East 1915–1928 89 / 295 20 [21] King&yonge.jpg
Sterling Tower 372 Bay Street 1928–1929 90 / 313 21 [22] Sterling Tower.JPG
Royal York Hotel 100 Front Street West 1929–1931 124 / 407 28 [23] RoyalYOrk1930s.jpg
Commerce Court North 25 King Street West 1931–1967 145 / 476 34 [24] BankofCommerce1930.jpg
Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower 66 Wellington Street West 1967–1972 223 / 731 56 [25] TD Centre View from Yonge and King.JPG
Commerce Court West 199 Bay Street 1972–1975 239 / 784 57 [26] Commerce Court.jpg
First Canadian Place 100 King Street West 1975–present 298 / 978 72 [2] First Canadian Place.JPG

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CN Tower web site". Archived from the original on July 23, 2007. Retrieved September 26, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "First Bank Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "The Beard Building". Emporis. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Trump International Hotel and Tower". SkyscraperPage. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Alcoba, Natalie (August 27, 2014). "Toronto's 'Manhattanization': Downtown development growing at 'mind blowing' rate". National Post. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "Toronto is experiencing a 'Manhattanization' of its downtown core" – via The Globe and Mail.
  7. ^ "Number of 150m+ Completed Buildings - Toronto". Skyscrapercenter.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "CN Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
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  11. ^ "Commerce Court West". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  12. ^ "Scotia Plaza". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  13. ^ "TD Canada Trust Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  14. ^ "Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  15. ^ "Ritz-Carton Toronto". Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  16. ^ "Bay Wellington Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  17. ^ "Number of 150m+ Completed Under Construction - Toronto". Skyscrapercenter.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "Temple Building". Emporis. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  19. ^ "Trader's Bank Building". Emporis. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  20. ^ "Canadian Pacific Railway Building". Emporis. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  21. ^ "Optima Business Centre". Emporis. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  22. ^ "Sterling Tower". Emporis. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  23. ^ "Royal York Hotel". Emporis. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
  24. ^ "Commerce Court North". Emporis.com. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
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  26. ^ "Commerce Court West". Emporis.com. Retrieved February 18, 2008.

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