Pape Danforth Library

Toronto, ON

Project Facts

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2006

  • Size

    9,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

Toronto Public Library’s Pape/Danforth Branch, designed by Moorehouse & King Architects, first opened its doors in 1929. HPA’s 2006 renovation, following retrofits in 1977 and 1983 that accommodated growing collections, maintains the architectural integrity of the historic building envelope while re-connecting the library to the street. This most recent reconfiguration relocates the main entrance to allow for barrier-free access. Glass, used throughout, in concert with custom-designed bookshelves and window benches that act as low partitions, give access to street views and create spatial and operational transparencies. The project received the 2009 Toronto Architecture & Urban Design Awards’ Award of Excellence—Building in Context/Public.

Project Facts

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2006

  • Size

    9,000 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

Select Awards

  • 2009 – City of Toronto Toronto Urban Design Awards Award of Excellence—Building in Context/Public

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The restored façade integrates materials characteristic to the original architecture with stone and timber complements. Large windows wrapping around the south side of the historic building introduce an open relationship with the lively streetscape.

The restored façade integrates materials characteristic to the original architecture with stone and timber complements. Large windows wrapping around the south side of the historic building introduce an open relationship with the lively streetscape.

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A prominent new interior staircase between the first two levels, and a new large elevator accessing all three library floors, improve circulation and access to library reference systems and materials.

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A prominent new interior staircase between the first two levels, and a new large elevator accessing all three library floors, improve circulation and access to library reference systems and materials.

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Inside, open zones encourage interactivity. Skylights and bay windows fill the interior spaces with light and provide passersby with a glimpse of the building’s activities.

Inside, open zones encourage interactivity. Skylights and bay windows fill the interior spaces with light and provide passersby with a glimpse of the building’s activities.

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Select Awards

  • 2009 – City of Toronto Toronto Urban Design Awards Award of Excellence—Building in Context/Public