Toronto Community Housing's Hubbard Park Apartments (42 Hubbard Boulevard) was one of the buildings open to visitors as part of this year's Doors Open Toronto festival.
Doors Open�is an annual city-wide festival that offers "free, rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto."
About 300 visitors, including former residents of 42 Hubbard Boulevard, visited and toured the four-storey building located in the Beach neighbourhood.
Toronto Community Housing staff and the award-winning architect Terence Van Elslander (of�Van Elslander Carter Architects Inc.) welcomed visitors to the building, conducted a tour of common spaces and answered questions about the building's redevelopment.
When significant repair needs were identified in 2008, Toronto Community Housing retained Van Elslander Carter Architects to redevelop the building and preserve its heritage structure while setting a new standard in sustainable design.
These heritage preservation efforts were recognized with an honourable mention at the 2012 Toronto Heritage Awards.
As a result of the renovation, 42 Hubbard Boulevard now meets the City of Toronto Green Development Standard and has achieved a 40-per-cent improvement over the national efficiency standard for green buildings. Some of its key features include a green roof that minimizes stormwater runoff and heat absorption, solar panels over part of the roof that offset energy consumption, and energy-efficient windows.
Renovations also included the installation of amenity space on the rooftop, including a new lounge and a laundry room for residents. As part of the project's commitment to reusing existing materials, the walls of this space feature wood reclaimed from the building's original joists.
Visitors to 42 Hubbard Boulevard were excited to learn about its history and the major redevelopment and preservation work carried out by Toronto Community Housing that has successfully turned the octogenarian building into a gem: liveable, affordable housing that embraces the character of its surrounding community.
42 Hubbard Boulevard demonstrates how Toronto Community Housing is contributing to city building.
Learn more about�42 Hubbard Boulevard�and its rich history.
Photo 1: Former residents Bill and Nancy Mathison and their family were excited to be back at 42 Hubbard Boulevard.
Photo 2: Terence Van Elslander (of Van Elslander Carter Architects Inc.), left, shared architectural details about 42 Hubbard Boulevard with visitors.
Photo 3: Toronto Housing staff Juliet Mugabi, left, welcomed visitors to 42 Hubbard Boulevard and shared interesting facts about the building.
Photo 4: Toronto Community Housing staff Vincent Tong, right, highlighted the importance of the redevelopment and preservation work carried out by the corporation.