Madison Avenue is the Newest Heritage Conservation District in the Annex
On September 30, 2015, City Council passed a motion to have Madison Avenue designated as a heritage conservation district.
It has been a long ten years in the making. In 2004, in response to an initiative of the Annex Residents' Association, City Council passed a motion to permit the study of Madison Avenue with the objective of it becoming a heritage conservation district. The study was carried out by members of the ARA and Cathy Nasmith, a highly respected Toronto heritage architect, under the guidance of the City’s Heritage Preservation Services. Madison is the first completed phase of the West Annex Heritage Conservation District, which is projected to extend from east of Bathurst Street to Bedford Road. The first heritage conservation district in the Annex, designated in 1993, and one of the first in the city, is the East Annex. It extends from Bedford Road to Avenue Road, and Prince Arthur north to Dupont (excluding Dupont).
To view the Madison Avenue reports, click here: Part 1 and Part 2 and to the Heritage Preservation website at https://hcdtoronto.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/.
To view the report and study for the East Annex Conservation district, go to
What is a Heritage Conservation District?
In the words of the Heritage Preservation Services web pages of the City of Toronto website “The Ontario Heritage Act enables a municipality to designate the whole or any part of an area as a heritage conservation district. This allows City Council to administer guidelines designed to protect and enhance the special character of groups of properties in an area as redevelopment proceeds. The character is established by the overall heritage quality of buildings, streets and open spaces as seen together.”
Madison Avenue, which would have been lost if the Spadina Expressway had been built, is considered important not only for the unique architectural styles of many of its buildings, but also because its original late 19th and early 20th century architecture is almost completely intact. Newer structures respected the massing and scale of the original buildings, making it a most attractive street. The originality of the architecture of 37 Madison inspired the stylistic term: Annex Style.
With the intention of maintaining the heritage character of the streetscape, alterations to the façade or other exterior elements of the buildings in a heritage conservation district that are more complex than simple maintenance, must be studied and approved by Heritage Preservation Services. However, to help owners to maintain the authentic heritage attributes of their buildings, heritage grants and heritage tax rebates are available.
To learn more about heritage conservation districts, the City’s Registry of Heritage Properties, and Heritage Preservation Services, visit http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=104752cc66061410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD.