The John Street Roundhouse – The Whole Story
We proudly present this video about the John Street Roundhouse design project. Meet the designer and learn how the project came to pass.
The John Street Roundhouse
Situated at 255 Bremner Boulevard, the John Street Roundhouse is across the street from the CN Tower, Rogers Centre and Ripley’s Aquarium. The brick-clad building is currently home to the Toronto Railway Museum (since 2010), Steam Whistle Brewing (since 1998) and the Cineplex Rec Room since 2016 in the former Leon’s furniture showroom.
Built between 1929-31, the restoration/regeneration process for Canadian Pacific’s John Street Roundhouse began in 1994 with the extension project for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). In 1997 the area to the east of the structure became a city park named Roundhouse Park and Steam Whistle Brewery, the first tenant, moved into the Roundhouse. In 2009 Leon’s Furniture moved into the Roundhouse occupying Bays 23 to 32 and today the Cineplex Rec Room has developed a 40,000 square foot gaming, dining and entertainment facility in those ten bays. In 2010, the Toronto Railway Museum officially opened, occupying Roundhouse Park, ancillary structures and Bays 15, 16, 17 of the John Street Roundhouse.
Roundhouse Park contains the following structures:
- John Street Roundhouse
- The Turntable
- The Coal and the Sanding Tower
- Cabin D
- The Water Tower
- The Radial Tracks
- Other artefacts and installations
The adaptive re-use of the John Street Roundhouse and surrounding area is made possible by committed stakeholders that included; the City of Toronto, the Toronto Rail Heritage Association, State Building Group and tenants Steam Whistle Brewery and the Cineplex Rec Room. Throughout the conservation process, the stakeholders shared the vision of a balanced approach to an adaptive re-use that was able to preserve the heritage story of the timber, glass and brick engine house while animating the building with new uses.
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