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Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers
Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

AWQW_FullBuilding
At the opening of Artscape West Queen West

At the opening of Artscape West Queen West

Sculpture by Mitch Fenton at 900 Queen Street West
Performance at 900 Queen Street West
Sunflowers and phone booth outside 900 Queen Street West, early 2000s

Sunflowers and phone booth outside 900 Queen Street West, early 2000s

Photo by Garrison McArthur PhotographersPhoto by Garrison McArthur PhotographersAWQW_FullBuildingAt the opening of Artscape West Queen WestSculpture by Mitch Fenton at 900 Queen Street WestPerformance at 900 Queen Street WestSunflowers and phone booth outside 900 Queen Street West, early 2000s

About Artscape West Queen West

One of Artscape’s earliest projects, Artscape West Queen West was the first legally zoned artist live/work building in Toronto, offering tenants safe, secure and sustainable spaces, plus a garden space along Crawford Street. Since this project’s opening the surrounding neighbourhood has undergone considerable change, but is still recognized as a thriving arts and cultural community. This was our first foray into rooting artists in and around West Queen West—we now operate multiple properties in the area.

Coordinates

900 Queen Street West

Fast Facts

Development Facts

Opened: October 20, 1995

Pre-occupancy (development) cost: Not available

Former site: Warehouse/cannery built in 1906

Affordability model: Rent geared to income (live/work), below-market (commercial)

Building Ownership Detail: Owned and operated by Artscape Non-Profit Homes (ANPHI) under the terms of a social housing agreement with the City of Toronto.

Building Details

Area (square feet): 35,520

Spaces included: 22 live/work studios, five  work/commercial studios, one gallery, one tenants’ garden

Tenants: Graven Feather Studio, Toronto Blues Society, William Oldacre Fine Art Print Studio, private studio residences

Building accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible

Partners

Design: Joe Lobko (now DTAH)

Did You Know?

Of the 800+ facilities under the umbrella of the Housing Services Corporation‘s Utility Management Program, 900 Queen Street West is the oldest, and predates the organization itself.

Look up and you’ll see a metal sculpture on the roof of 900 Queen by artist Mitchell Fenton that’s part of a two-piece set. The companion piece used to sit atop Artscape Liberty Village, but when that project closed, we moved it to the roof of Artscape Gibraltar Point in 2015. These art objects “speak” to each other and help to unite the Artscape community.

Case Study

Read the full case study for Artscape West Queen West on our research website, Artscape DIY.

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