A Toronto seniors home that caters to the indigenous community is undergoing a significant expansion on Spadina Road, just north of Bloor Street. Construction for the expansion of Wigwamen Terrace has been ongoing since 2018, bringing a three-storey addition to the home at 14 Spadina Road, conveniently located steps from the subway.

Looking west across Spadina to Wigwamen Terrace expansion, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

Work on the LGA Architectural Partners-designed expansion has advanced considerably in recent months. The 1,348 m² new-build section's steel assembly kicked off in mid-2019 and was largely in place by last October. In the months since, the addition has been structurally completed in February above the existing 5,146 m², three-to-six-storey building.

Looking southwest to Wigwamen Terrace expansion, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

The first sections of exterior cladding have recently appeared on the addition, including reflective punched windows and a prominent glazed box above. The original 1970s-era building, with two wings forming a U-shaped footprint and a brick finish characteristic of its age, contrasts against the modern finishes of the new expansion above. Blue weatherproof membranes mark where the addition's primary black cladding will soon be installed.

Looking west to Wigwamen Terrace expansion, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

Upon completion, the expansion will add 24 new rental units to the existing 103-unit building, along with a new double-height community amenity room and an outdoor rooftop terrace amenity. These will add to local non-profit Wigwamen Incorporated's portfolio of over 700 affordable rental housing units provided for Toronto and Ottawa's Indigenous communities. This building is located beside the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

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 below.

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