The recent completion of King Plus Development's King + Condos has added added a new presence to the King and Sherbourne intersection. Anchored by the restored three-storey facade of the former National Hotel, the 17-storey, TACT Architecture-designed condominium tower began construction in 2013 with the demolition of all but the north and west facades of the historic hotel. By September 23, 2014, forming was underway for the seventh level of the development, while the historic facade sat in-situ awaiting the final elements of its restoration.

The base of King + Condos, September 2014, image by Marcus Mitanis

Jumping ahead a little under two years, and the National Hotel facade is now integrated into the base of the completed development, which features 132 one and two-bedroom loft-style suites and penthouse residences, and a recently-opened Starbucks at street level. Recreated cornices, replica windows, and the extensive cleaning of the facade's aged brick exterior have gone a long way in restoring the exterior.

The base of King + Condos, August 2016, image by Jack Landau

A view from the north on Sherbourne Street reveals the relationship between the historic base and modern tower. Across the street to the north, a similar relationship exists between a restored bank facade and a condominium tower above.

King + Condos, August 2016, image by Jack Landau

We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!

Related Companies:  American Standard (part of Lixil Canada Inc.), Corban and Goode, King Plus Development, MarketVision Real Estate, Mike Niven Interior Design, Pegah Contracting Ltd., TACT Architecture