This week's Throwback Thursday covers one of the pioneering developments in Toronto's East Bayfront district. Before Sugar Beach and the Waterfront promenade transformed the area into a people place, Waterfront Toronto attracted Corus Entertainment to the de-industrializing eastern stretch of our waterfront. Corus Quay was the first major reinvestment in the East Bayfront. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the 460,000 ft² office building is 8 storeys high. Back in January 2009, structural forming of the new development was underway, standing three levels to the south of Queens Quay East. In 2010, the new headquarters for Corus Entertainment owned its doors.

Corus Quay under construction, January 2009, image by Forum contributor Hypnotoad

Returning to the same vantage point in July 2017 shows the completed building with its newer neighbour to the east. Completed in 2012, the George Brown College Waterfront Campus designed by KPMB Architects and Stantec stands 8 storeys above Dockside Drive. This view is set to change even further in the coming years, as Menkes' Waterfront Innovation Centre and a future George Brown College expansion would replace the parking lots in the foreground which separate the Dockside Drive buildings from Queens Quay.

Corus Quay (R) and George Brown College Waterfront Campus (L), 2017, image by Jack Landau

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

Related Companies:  EllisDon, George Brown College, KPMB Architects, Kramer Design Associates Limited, PFS Studio, Stantec