Imperial Plaza Condos At 111 St Claire West
Imperial Plaza is an architectural monument to the City of Toronto, designed in the classic
international modernist style popular in the '50s. Over twenty-three storeys, the structure consists of 399 true lofts in a midtown setting. The lobby boasts an oil mural produced by the late York Wilson, one of the finest pieces of art Canada has ever seen. Superbly crafted by Mathers and Haldenby architects, the building was originally designed to be Toronto's new city hall but was rejected in favour of the international competition that took place.
The original polished marble lobby with gold leaf tiles and the York Wilson oil murals are now preserved and they add immeasurably to the vibrancy of the St. Clair neighbourhood, along with new retail and restaurant spaces inside. This building has a solid backbone, built in
1957 with state-of-the-art technologies, a limestone façade and welded steel-frame construction. A building like this would be too expensive to reproduce today.
When 111 St. Clair West was completed, it was the tallest building in the city because it sits at the top of an escarpment. Today the building still offers all-encompassing views of the city, the lake and beyond. Imperial Oil spared no expense during construction since it was designed to last forever. The rooftop that was once a public observation deck - offering the best views of the city - is now home to private three-storey sky penthouses.
There are few opportunities in the city to do a restoration project like this. The classic mid-century modernist esthetic of the original building's exterior was maintained. The brainchild of the architect team at Onespace Unlimited and the fashionable and au current Design Agency, Imperial Plaza is a 23-story condo built to the highest standards. Combine that with a Yonge and St. Clair location that includes some of Toronto's best dining, shops and cultural institutions, Imperial Plaza is, without question, a condominium with impeccable architectural pedigree - and a totally unique history.
Talk about location. It is just doors from the Imperial Plaza, the Mystic Pointe Community and 10 Yonge Street. President David Feldman's passion for the neighborhood and this project is unparalleled as he intended to preserve and echo the palette and space of the mid-century period building.
A look inside shows a 24-hour concierge service, an incredible recreation and entertainment club for residences, and a grand lobby featuring the mural masterpiece. The incredible recreation and entertainment club includes a pool and hot tub, party room, home theatre room, games room and golf simulator, a fitness centre spanning 11,000 sq. ft., change rooms, aerobics and yoga studios, squash and basketball courts, a sound-proof music room. The ground floor has a beautiful landscaped lounge area. Non-residents, too, have the opportunity to enjoy this piece of the past since there are public amenity spaces with restaurants, cafés and retail shops.
For the individual suites, Camrost-Felcorp and the design team spared no cost including custom-designed European-inspired modern kitchens with built-in appliances, stone kitchen countertops, laminate wood flooring, large operable windows, balconies on select units and floors, and most importantly – unprecedented views. With a lifestyle for everyone, Imperial Plaza provides leading-edge condo homes in a prime midtown location. There was no road map to the stylish and dapper living... until now. Imperial Plaza leads condominium living into the 21st century. Perched above the city of Toronto, Imperial Plaza is literally what the city looks up to.
Imperial Plaza is laden with history. Once the home of Imperial Oil Ltd. headquarters, the building has taken on a new life. Built in 1957, 111 St. Clair West is the last standing testament to the Mad Men era of our city and a historic treasure for midtown Toronto (visible all the way from the Gardiner). Not only is this an architectural monument for Toronto, but its legacy is also very much rooted with the life that had once gone on inside.
Shelled with a limestone façade and welded steel-frame construction, the Imperial Oil building was well known for its public rooftop observation deck offering all-encompassing views of the city. The building is also a testament to the legendary American family, the Rockefellers of New York City, who founded the organization of which Imperial Oil was an integral part. Imperial Oil left Toronto in 2005, and the property was acquired by Camrost-Felcorp in 2010 to convert it into a state-of-the-art condo community in 2015. There are few opportunities in the city to do a conversion project like this.
How you live is everything - this is the philosophy behind Imperial Plaza. Although many developments claim loft-style features, only former industrial spaces - generally found in downtown commercial areas - that have been converted to work or living quarters are worthy of the true “loft” title. The Imperial Loft suites, located on the eighth and ninth floor of this historic treasure offer classic loft features such as undivided layouts, high ceilings, and upper spaces open to lower living areas.
Unique to Imperial Plaza's placement on the edge the St. Clair escarpment, each loft boasts expansive views from lush residential greenery and shifting city skylines to the lake and beyond. "You would never know this was once a commercial building," says Matt Davis of The Design Agency, as lofts at Imperial Plaza were designed with alluring details. Glass railings, wood-finished staircases, and a wall of double-height windows lead the eye up to the magnificent 18-ft. ceilings.
Imperial Plaza loft living is all about location. Right on the dividing line of uptown and downtown Toronto, the area is among the most desirable in the city. Clearly, the neighbourhood as a major selling point for the young professional lifestyle, with its bars, restaurants, shops, parks, and subway access. Also ideal for those who love to entertain, the loft layout means that bedrooms are removed from the main area, and social space can be maximized. It means more space for less money. For larger units, bedrooms are strategically placed on multiple levels for additional privacy and separation. When converting a commercial space, sprawling family suites are not a common occurrence, but with a range of sizes starting at 895 sq. ft., the Imperial Lofts offer a spacious three-bedroom family unit at 1,485 sq. ft.
Imperial Loft residents also have access to one of the most impressive condo amenity footprints in the city.