William McBrien Building

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McBrien Building
Davisville TTC McBrien Building back side.JPG
General information
Architectural style Modernist
Address 1900 Yonge Street
Town or city Toronto, Ontario
Country Canada
Coordinates 43°41′52″N 79°23′48″W / 43.69778°N 79.39667°W / 43.69778; -79.39667Coordinates: 43°41′52″N 79°23′48″W / 43.69778°N 79.39667°W / 43.69778; -79.39667
Current tenants Toronto Transit Commission
Opened 1958
Owner City of Toronto
Technical details
Floor count 7
Design and construction
Architect Charles B. Dolphin

William McBrien Building (formally known as the W. C. McBrien Building) is the administrative headquarters of the Toronto Transit Commission. Designed by Charles B. Dolphin (1888-1969) and opened in 1958, the seven-storey building is located at 1900 Yonge Street above the Davisville subway station. The building is named for former TTC Chairman William C. McBrien who died in 1954, shortly after the opening of the Yonge Subway. It replaced the old Toronto Board of Trade Building (built 1890 and demolished 1958) at Yonge and Front Streets, the TTC's first permanent home since 1921.


TTC has made known its desire to relocate from the building due to on going concerns about the state of the building, and for head office staff to be in one location.[1] Earlier plans to relocated to Yonge and York Mills had been rejected due to costs.[2]

Besides 1900 Yonge, the TTC leases 7 other locations to house head office staff.[3]


  1. ^ Tess Kalinowski (20 November 2015). "TTC wants to get out of ‘hellhole’ headquarters". Toronto Star. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "New TTC head office plan draws fire". CBC News Toronto. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2015. TTC commissioners will consider the proposal to build a new head office at 4050 Yonge St., at the intersection of York Mills Road. 
  3. ^ "TTC, Build Toronto studying future head office needs". Coupler. Toronto Transit Commission. May 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 

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