These photos (plus more of the ones I removed to make the post shorter). Make me think some of the photos once complete with the CN Tower reflections will be pretty cool.
Money...unfortunately. There are a bunch of newer ones with cool details using faux brick, like on King & Portland https://urbantoronto.ca/database/projects/king-portland-centre-and-kingly-condosIf they can rebuild and 1800s brick facade with the details on top as seen in the photos up above. Why not do it organically with new bricks more often on podiums. This downtown core needs more of this style and others, there's too much glass and metal etc! Ps. Clean up the the calcium build up lol!