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Future of the York Memorial Collegiate building

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York Memorial Collegiate Institute fire deemed accidental but cause still unknown

Ontario Fire Marshal's office could not say whether building is structurally sound or provide cost of damage

CBC News · Posted: Aug 29, 2019 4:57 PM ET

The OFM also hasn't said whether the building is structurally sound or whether it needs to be torn down.

The school, whose cornerstone was laid in Toronto's Eglinton Avenue W. and Keele Street area on May 6, 1929, had just marked its 90th anniversary when flames broke out.

 

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York Memorial students start new year in new school

Nearly 900 students are attending Scarlett Heights in Etobicoke

News Sep 03, 2019 by Megan DeLaire - Toronto.com

It isn't clear right now whether the original York Memorial building will be demolished or rebuilt. Board staff will have a better idea later in September, when a reconstruction report is due to be released.

 

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The ruins have remained standing so far- which leans towards it being stable enough to deal with- I hope they can make a decision before the winter sets in on what to do.

I think there's three options available here- The first would be the retention of the outer walls, the second would be the reconstruction of the facade using salvaged facade details, and the third would be the total reconstruction of the school with a new design.

Definitely hope it's one of the two first options- but we'll probably see an entirely new building regardless of what outward appearance it assumes, as the interiors are a complete loss.
 

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The ruins have remained standing so far- which leans towards it being stable enough to deal with- I hope they can make a decision before the winter sets in on what to do.

I think there's three options available here- The first would be the retention of the outer walls, the second would be the reconstruction of the facade using salvaged facade details, and the third would be the total reconstruction of the school with a new design.

Definitely hope it's one of the two first options- but we'll probably see an entirely new building regardless of what outward appearance it assumes, as the interiors are a complete loss.
The reconstructed York Memo, regardless of the options, should be designed to minimize noise from the station below.
 

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Update:

Report to the Finance, Budget and Enrollment Ctte of the TDSB says the auditorium and front section of the building (the most historical parts) are a total loss.

Other areas may be salvageable but estimates are on-going as to whether salvage or reconstruction would be cheaper.

There will be an effort to preserve remaining heritage features and reconstruct at least some; but no final determination has been made as to what a replacement for the school will look like and no
cost estimates yet.

 

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