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70 High Park Avenue’s Heritage

70 High Park Avenue can trace its roots back to the Third Church of Christ Scientist built on this site in 1928 and designed by celebrated Toronto architect Murray Brown.  He created a place of worship using modern techniques that resulted in a structure that blended well with the upper High Park environment. 

Brown’s passion was creating 1920s and 1930s stylized detailed public spaces.  The Regent Theatre on Mount Pleasant Road and the newly renovated Long Branch Public Library still exist today to showcase the architect’s talent for combining a Modern Classic exterior with an Art Deco interior. 
The City of Toronto’s Heritage department recognized the significance and uniqueness of Brown’s 70 High Park Church and demanded that any future build incorporate as many original elements as possible.

Today, at 70 High Park, we are surrounded by and walk through many of these timeless architectural gems everyday.

Exterior - Modern Classicism:
  • The two sided cornerstone marked, “Life-Truth-Love” and “1928” originally installed on the northeast corner, that has been reinstated on the site
  • The principal (east) façade that rises one extended storey beneath the pediment
  • The organization of the east wall into three bays
  • Under a nameplate reading "THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME," the pair of doors and a flat transom with glazing and metalwork in floral motifs
  • The terrace with stone steps that extends across the east wall and provides access to the central entrance
Interior Lobby - Art Deco:
  • The octagonal plan, terrazzo floors and on the walls and ceiling, plasterwork inspired by the Decorative Arts styling
  • The main entrance at the east end that contains wood doors, sidelights and a transom with floral designs
  • The round arched openings in the corners, the light fixture and the fireplace at the west end with marble surround and wood mantel.
For more information please visit the City of Toronto Heritage Notice for 70 High Park Ave.

Heritage Designation

Our building’s front façade and main lobby have been designated a heritage property under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. The heritage designation is registered with the City of Toronto's Heritage Inventory and can be viewed at the Heritage Property Details page for 70 High Park.

The heritage designation was officially approved by city council on March 31, 2008. The plaque was installed on the left side of the front façade. Below are some pictures of the plaque and pictures from the installation as well as some of the building's heritage features.

70 High Park Avenue's heritage plaque

Heritage plaque installation

Front entrance at night

Main lobby