Demolition is now in full swing at the old Brown’s Breads and Weston Bakery building in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood. Though the bulk of the existing four-storey, early 20th-century warehouse and production facility is being taken down, preserved sections of the building will live on as part of Wonder from Graywood Developments and the Alterra Group.

Brown’s Breads and Weston Bakery building, image by Forum contributor skycandy

After being partially repurposed as a sales centre for the development, teardown continues for the rear and interior of the former bakery as 462 Eastern Avenue. The primary four-storey sections along Eastern and Booth avenues, as well as sections of the less-prominent Logan Avenue frontage, will remain untouched for future incorporation into the new building.

Former presentation centre branding at Wonder site, image by Forum contributor skycandy

The new building has been designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects to complement the preserved heritage elements—restoration and incorporation of which is being overseen by specialists GBCA Architects—with the building's new upper floors featuring a warehouse-inspired aesthetic.

Demolition at the Brown’s Breads and Weston Bakery building, image by Forum contributor skycandy

The complete, Wonder will add 286 condominium units to the Leslieville area, including 84 one-bedroom units, 173 two-bedroom units, and 29 three-bedroom units. The Booth Avenue and Logan Avenue frontages will be lined with townhomes, mirroring the existing built form of the neighbourhood that flanks the site.

Wonder Condos, image courtesy of Alterra/Graywood

Additional information and images can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.

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Related Companies:  Alexander Budrevics & Associates, Alterra Group of Companies, Bousfields, Diamond Schmitt Architects, GBCA Architects, Graywood Developments, TACT Architecture, urbanMetrics inc.