More than two years into the redevelopment of the Brown’s Breads and Weston Bakery building in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood, the project by Graywood Developments and the Alterra Group—known as 'Wonder' is making steady progress. The eight-storey Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed building on Eastern between Booth and Logan avenues features a modern warehouse-inspired design meant to complement preserved heritage sections of the former bakery. The heritage aspects of the design are being overseen by specialists GBCA Architects.

Looking northeast to Wonder, image by Forum contributor ProjectEnd

It's been a busy few months of activity since we last checked in mid-January, at which time the building's two-level underground garage had just wrapped up its forming behind the heritage walls which have been retained in-situ. Work was then getting going on the building's ground floor. In the four months since then, new reinforced concrete residential floors have begun to fill in the void behind the preserved walls. 

Looking south on Booth Avenue to Wonder, image by Forum contributor ProjectEnd

The building's fourth floor is now taking shape along the west elevation over Booth Avenue, representing the approximate halfway point towards the building's final height of 31.7 metres. The lower levels of the new construction visible in these shots will eventually be clad with brick, blending the building's modern sections with the heritage factory walls, and other nearby buildings of a similar vintage. The upper storeys of the new construction along with the uppermost levels to be built atop the heritage portions will be clad in glass for a more modern look.

Looking northeast to Wonder, image by Forum contributor ProjectEnd

The project will add 286 new homes to the Leslieville community, integrating the formerly industrial site into the local residential fabric through a series of street-fronting townhomes, and transitioning the building down to meet the low-rise housing of neighbourhood side streets. The Eastern Avenue frontage is to be animated by 1,063 m² of retail space behind restored and minimally modified heritage walls.

Wonder, image courtesy Alterra/Graywood

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