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Oddfellows Hall 450 Yonge @ Carlton (?, 5s addition, ERA)

I don't think it should be an either or - where possible, accessibility should be maximized, but it shouldn't be done to the extent to wrecking a building's heritage character (which isn't the case here). Imagine trying to make the Leaning Tower of Pisa accessible? It would have made no sense.

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It should be :p
 
Just because they're putting in a new elevator doesn't mean they're getting rid of the old one. They are in two different locations. Structurally, I don't think you could take out the old elevator even if you wanted to.
Here's the old elevator: http://youtu.be/1vmiGASEVXc
 
thinking of old elevators... isn't there one similar but larger in the lobby that takes you up to the Wintergarden theatre?
 
This type of device has been designed out of existence - I can see the risk issues (pinch points). Pity really - it is lovely.
 
COA minor variance: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentAp...tion=init&folderRsn=3822569&isCofASearch=true

450 YONGE ST
Ward 27 - Tor & E.York District

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To alter the existing four-storey heritage building by constructing a five-storey non-residential addition at the north west portion of the building.
Applications:
Type Number Date Submitted Status
Minor Variance 15 220801 000 00 MV Sep 10, 2015 Hearing Scheduled
Contact Information Hearing Dates
Robert Ursini
Application Technician
416-397-7771
rursini@toronto.ca Hearing Date Nov 18, 2015
 
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http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-86234.pdf

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http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-86237.pdf

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http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-86238.pdf
http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-86239.pdf

AoD
 

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thinking of old elevators... isn't there one similar but larger in the lobby that takes you up to the Wintergarden theatre?

The Elgin Wintergarden theatres have three original bird-cage elevators from around 1912 that were refurbished in the late 80's when the building was restored and lobby areas added. They are larger than this one, manually operated and with double gates. An operator is required for the three elevators to open/close the gates, press the floor button and then turn the original handle to activate the lift. The elevators go to the basement, lobby (main level), Elgin balcony level, Wintergarden orchestra level and Wintergarden balcony level.
 

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