List of tallest buildings in Toronto

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View on the central business district from the CN Tower
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 finished, the TD Tower was the 14th tallest building in the world (1967). 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 6th 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 2nd and 3rd 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 m/500 ft tall. Of the 15 buildings in Toronto taller than 200 metres, only 6 were built prior to 2000.

As of July 2016, Toronto is the site of 16 buildings over 200 m, 49 buildings over 150 m (492 ft) tall, and a total of 2,301 high-rise[4] buildings city wide, the second most for any city in North America after New York City. As of January 2015, Toronto is building more towers than any other city in North America except New York City, with at least 91 high-rise buildings under construction.[5]

Toronto has been the site of several major skyscraper construction projects in the 2010s, and ranked first on the continent in the number of high-rise buildings under construction for much of this time.[6] In 2012, the Trump International Hotel and Tower was completed, with a top dome height of 252 m (827 ft) [7] 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 257 metre (844 ft) tall One Bloor. As of April 2015, there are 303 high-rise buildings under construction, proposed for construction, or approved for construction in the city.[4]

Tallest buildings[edit]

The following is a list of Toronto skyscrapers that stand at least 153 m (500 ft) and 16 buildings over 200 m tall, ranked by standard height measurement. 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. 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[N 1] Toronto - ON - Toronto Harbourfront7.jpg 553 / 1,815 147
equiv.
1976 Telecommunications
Tower
1 First Canadian Place First Canadian Place reclad 2015.jpg 298 / 978 72 1976 Commercial
  • Tallest building in Canada since 1976
  • 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 Trump International Hotel and Tower Trump tower 2013 complete.JPG 277 / 908 57 2012 Hotel & Residential
  • Tallest mixed-use building in Canada
  • 776 ft (237 m) to roof
3 Scotia Plaza Scotia Plaza 2009.JPG 275 / 902 68 1988 Commercial
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 257 / 844 76 2016 Residential
7 Commerce Court West Toronto - ON - Commerce Court West.jpg 239 / 784 57 1972 Commercial
8 ICE East (ICE II) File:ICE North.jpg ICE North.jpg 234 / 768 67 2015 Residential
9 Toronto-Dominion Tower TD Centre View from Yonge and King.JPG 223 / 731 56 1967 Commercial
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 1960s
10 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
11 Shangri-La Toronto Shangri-la cropped.JPG 215 / 705 65 2012 Hotel & Residential
  • 66 floors including mechanical
12 Ritz-Carlton Toronto Ritz Carlton Toronto far.jpg 210 / 689 53 2011 Hotel & Residential
13 Bay Wellington Tower Bay Wellington Tower.jpg 208 / 682 49 1991 Commercial
14 The L Tower 205 / 672 62 2016 Residential
15 Four Seasons Hotel and Residences West New Four Seasons Yorkville.jpg 204 / 669 52 2011 Hotel & Residential
  • 55 floors including mechanical
16 ICE West (ICE I) ICE South.jpg 202 / 663 57 2015 Residential
17 Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower 190 / 623 44 2016 Commercial
18 Ernst & Young Tower 188 / 617 40 2016 Commercial
19 Casa II 187 / 614 57 2016 Residential
20= Maple Leaf Square North Tower Maple Leaf Square, North Tower.jpg 186 / 610 54 2010 Hotel & Residential
20= RBC Centre RBC Centre.JPG 186 / 610 42 2009 Commercial
22 U Condos, East Tower 184 / 604 56 2015 Residential
23 Royal Trust Tower TD Centre Toronto.jpg 183 / 600 46 1969 Commercial
24 Royal Bank Plaza South Royal Bank Building.jpg 180 / 591 40 1979 Commercial
25 INDX Tower 179 / 587 51 2016 Residential
26 One King Street West One King St W, Toronto.jpg 176 / 578 51 2005 Hotel & Residential
  • Tallest completed all-residential skyscraper in Toronto in 2000s
27 Maple Leaf Square South Tower MLS South Cropped.JPG 174 / 571 50 2010 Residential
28 Karma 170 / 558 52 2016 Residential
29 Lago at the Waterfront 168 / 550 49 2016 Residential
30 44 Charles Street West Manulife Centre.jpg 166 / 545 51 1972 Residential
31= Quantum 2 Minto Midtown.JPG 165 / 541 54 2009 Residential
31= Hullmark Centre, North Tower Hullmark Centre North Tower long.jpg 165 / 541 45 2014 Residential
  • Tallest building in North York
  • Tallest building in Toronto outside of Downtown
33= Residences of College Park North Residences of College Park.jpg 163 / 535 51 2006 Residential
33= One York Street 163 / 535 35 2016 Commercial
35 Success Tower 1 Success Tower I at the Pinnacle Centre.jpg 162 / 531 54 2009 Residential
36 X2 161 / 528 49 2015 Residential
37= Burano Burano Cropped.JPG 160 / 524 50 2012 Residential
37= FIVE condos 160 / 524 48 2016 Residential
37= Southcore Financial Centre Delta Hotel Delta Hotel.jpg 160 / 524 47 2014 Hotel
40 Success Tower 2 159 / 521 52 2011 Residential
41= 300 Front St. West 300 Front Street.jpg 158 / 518 52 2014 Residential
41= The Uptown Residences Uptown, Toronto.jpg 158 / 518 48 2011 Residential
43= Theatre Park Theater Park.jpg 157 / 515 47 2015 Residential
43= Festival Tower Lightbox cropped.JPG 157 / 515 42 2011 Residential
45 TD Waterhouse Tower TD Waterhouse Tower.JPG 154 / 505 39 1985 Commercial
46= 35 Mariner 35 Mariner, Harbourview Estates.jpg 153 / 501 49 2005 Residential
46= Montage CityPlace Montage.JPG 153 / 501 48 2009 Residential
46= Westlake Village 1 153 / 501 48 2014 Residential
46= U Condos, West Tower 153 / 501 46 2015 Residential

Tallest buildings and structures by pinnacle height[edit]

This list ranks Toronto skyscrapers and other structures 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 Trump International Hotel and Tower 277 / 908 277 / 908 2012 [7]
5 Scotia Plaza 275 / 902 275 / 902 1988 [12]
6 TD Canada Trust Tower 263 / 862 227 / 745 1992 [13]
7 Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower 223 / 732 223 / 732 1969 [14]
8 Bay Adelaide Centre 218 / 715 218 / 715 2009
9 Shangri-La Toronto 214 / 702 214 /702 2012
10 Ritz-Carlton Toronto 210 / 688 210 / 688 2011 [15]
11 Bay Wellington Tower 208 / 682 208 / 682 1992 [16]
12 Four Seasons Hotel and Residences 204 / 669 204 / 669 2012
13 Maple Leaf Square 186 / 618 186 / 618 2010
14 Royal Trust Tower 183 / 600 183 / 600 1969 [17]
15 Royal Bank Plaza 180 / 591 180 / 591 1976 & 1979 [18]

Tallest under construction, approved, and proposed[edit]

Under construction[edit]

The following is a list of buildings that are under construction in Toronto and are planned to rise at least 153 metres (500 ft).

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
Harbour Plaza Residences East 237 / 776 66 2017
Harbour Plaza Residences West 228 / 748 62 2017
Sky Tower Eau du Soleil 228 / 748 66 2019
Ten York 224 / 735 65 2017 Joint venture with civic agency at 10 York Street
The Residences of 488 University Avenue 207 / 679 58 2017
Massey Tower 207 / 679 55 2018
88 Scott 204 / 669 55 2017
YC Condos 198 / 649 63 2018
e Condos Tower 1 196 / 643 58 2018
Wellesley on the Park 194 / 637 60 2018
2221 Yonge Condos 193 / 633 58 2019
1 Yorkville 183 / 600 58 2019
Casa III 180 / 590 55 2017
Water Tower Eau du Soleil 179 / 587 49 2019
TeaHouse 501 Yonge Condominiums 174 / 570 54 2019
The Selby 166 / 545 50 2018
Noir Condominiums (87 Peter) 156 / 512 49 2017
King Blue Condominiums, Tower 1 156 / 512 48 2019
Daniels Waterfront, Lighthouse Tower 155 / 509 48 2018
Yonge & Rich Condominiums 154 / 505 45 2019

Approved[edit]

The following is a list of buildings that are approved in Toronto and are planned to rise at least 153 metres (500 ft).

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
Mirvish+Gehry - West Tower 305 / 1000 92 2021 Construction will begin in 2017 and will be completed by 2021. Once completed, this will be Canada's tallest building.
The One 304 / 998 80 2020 Construction will begin in 2016 and with the ground podium opening in 2018 and the building be completed by 2020.
Mirvish+Gehry - East Tower 275 / 902 82 2021 Construction will begin in 2016 and will be completed by 2021.
156 Front Condo Tower 265 / 869 54 2021
141 Bay Street 265 / 869 54 2021
160 Front Office Tower 240 / 787 46 2021
Union Centre 239 / 783 48 2021
Bay Park Centre (81 Bay) 238 / 781 48 2018
33 Gerrard Street West, Tower 1 237 / 778 74 2019
50 Bloor Street West 230 / 755 71 2021
The Rosedale on Bloor 176 / 577 52 2021
Artists' Alley East Tower 175 / 574 54 2019
33 Gerrard Street West, Tower 3 163 / 535 55 2021
Bay Adelaide Centre North Tower 162 / 531 49 2021
16 York 158 / 518 31 2021
PJ Condos 157 / 515 48 2019
1-9 Isabella 156 / 512 46 2021
33 Gerrard Street West, Tower 2 155 / 509 46 2020
The Manhattan 153 / 500 47 2021

Proposed[edit]

The following is a list of buildings that are proposed in Toronto and are planned to rise at least 153 metres (500 ft).[19]

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
Oxford Place I 326 / 1070 2025 Part of the redevelopment of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Oxford Place II 326 / 1070 2025 Part of the redevelopment of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
1 Yonge Street Tower 1 320 / 1050 95 2019 Part of the One Yonge Development on the site of the Toronto Star Building
55 Lake Shore Boulevard East Tower B 289 / 948 85 2020
55 Lake Shore Boulevard East Tower C 273 / 896 80 2020
1 Yonge Street Tower 2 260 / 853 85 2019
385 Yonge Street North Tower 257 / 843 73
55 Lake Shore Boulevard East Tower F 256 / 840 76 2020
55 Lake Shore Boulevard East Tower G 256 / 840 74 2020
Oxford Place West Hotel Tower 255 / 836 2025
33 Gerrard Street West Tower 4 252 / 826 80
55 Lake Shore Boulevard East, Tower D 240 / 787 70 2020
Signature Tower B 233 / 765 69
1 Scollard 229 / 751 59
55 Lake Shore Boulevard East, Tower E 226 / 741 65 2020
385 Yonge Street South Tower 225 / 738 62
Cumberland Terrace Tower 2 224 / 735 70
80 Bloor Street West 224 / 735 68
1 Eglinton Avenue East 215 / 735 65
27 Yorkville Avenue I 215 / 735 62
Signature Tower A 214 / 702 62
1 Yonge Street Tower 3 210 / 689 65 2019
400 Front Street West Tower 1 204 / 669 60
100 Simcoe Street 198 / 650 59
400 Front Street West Tower 2 198 / 650 58
8 Cumberland Street 194 / 636 64
15 Mercer Street 191 / 627 57
19 Duncan 190 / 623 57 2019
31A Parliment Street 189 / 620 57
481 University 185 / 606 55
8-20 Widmer Street 183 / 600 56
217 Adelaide Street West 179 / 587 56
88 Queen East, Tower D 177 / 580 54
Water's Edge at the Cove 176 / 577 56 2017
591 Sherbourne Street 171 / 561 58
Cumberland Terrace Tower 1 171 / 561 54
VITA on the Lake 167 / 548 53 2021
68 Charles Street East 167 / 548 52
4800 Yonge Street 167 / 548 49
The Well Office Tower 167 / 548 36
350 Adelaide West 163 / 535 48
89 Church Street 162 / 531 49
771 Yonge Street 161 / 528 49
245-285 Queen Street East Tower 2 160 / 525 45
Grid Condos 158 / 518 50 2018
48-58 Scollard Street 158 / 518 43
150 Eglinton Avenue East 157 / 515 39
Garrison Point Tower 1 156 / 512 49
55 Broadway Avenue South Tower 155 / 508 45
55 Broadway Avenue North Tower 155 / 508 45
327 King 154 / 505 47
Grand Hotel Redevelopment 154 / 505 45
480 Yonge Street 153 / 501 45

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Toronto.

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
m / ft
Floors Reference Image
Beard Building King Street East 1894–1896 30 / 98 7 [3] Lennoxlight.jpg
Temple Building Bay Street 1896–1906 40 / 131 10 [20] Temple Building, Toronto.jpg
Trader's Bank Building Yonge Street 1906–1912 60 / 197 15 [21] Trader's Bank Building Toronto.jpg
Canadian Pacific Building 69 Yonge Street 1912–1915 65 / 213 15 [22] 1910 Canadian Pacific Building Toronto.jpg
Royal Bank Building 20 King Street East 1915–1928 80 / 295 21 [23] King&yonge.jpg
Sterling Tower 372 Bay Street 1928–1929 90 / 313 21 [24] Sterling Tower.JPG
Royal York Hotel 100 Front Street West 1929–1931 124 / 407 28 [25] RoyalYOrk1930s.jpg
Commerce Court North 25 King Street West 1931–1967 145 / 476 34 [26] BankofCommerce1930.jpg
Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower 66 Wellington Street West 1967–1972 223 / 731 56 [27] TD Centre View from Yonge and King.JPG
Commerce Court West 199 Bay Street 1972–1975 239 / 784 57 [28] Commerce Court.jpg
First Canadian Place 100 King Street West 1975–present 298 / 978 72 [2] First Canadian Place.JPG

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The CN Tower is not a habitable building, but is included in this list for comparative purposes. Per a ruling by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, freestanding observation towers are not considered to be buildings, as they are not fully habitable structures.

References[edit]

  • "Architecture in Canada" The Canadian Encyclopedia
  • Kalman, Harold D. A History of Canadian Architecture. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Denby & Kilbourn, Toronto Observed: Its Architecture, Patrons, and History, Oxford University Press, Toronto 1986
  • Maitland, Hucker & Ricketts, A Guide to Canadian Architectural Styles, broadview press, Peterborough, ON 1992
  • McHugh, Patricia, Toronto Architecture: A City Guide, McClelland & Stewart Inc., Toronto 1989
  • Schaugg, Johannes: High-Rise Buildings/ Hochhäuser – Toronto, Books on Demand 2007, ISBN 978-3-8370-0366-6
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  12. ^ "Scotia Plaza". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
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  14. ^ "Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  15. ^ "Ritz-Carton Toronto". Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
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  21. ^ "Trader's Bank Building". Emporis. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  22. ^ "Canadian Pacific Railway Building". Emporis. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  23. ^ "Optima Business Centre". Emporis. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  24. ^ "Sterling Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  25. ^ "Royal York Hotel". Emporis. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
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  28. ^ "Commerce Court West". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 

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