Artscape Youngplace is a community cultural hub in the West Queen West area of Toronto whose spaces include studios occupied by artists and organizations, a public lounge, café and free public art galleries across three floors. It occupies an historic property that was originally a public school. Artscape Youngplace is named in recognition of a generous lead gift from The Michael Young Family Foundation.
Artscape Youngplace attracts a diverse crowd, and hosts many thousands of visitors every year. On any given day you’ll find people coming to enjoy galleries, the public cafe, the first-floor lounge, workshops and classes, performances, art events, and programs offered by resident organizations. The upper floors buzz with the energy of creative invention happening within the studios.
Opened: November 19, 2013
Pre-occupancy (development) cost: $17 million
Former site: Public school (the Shaw Street School)
Affordability model: Below-market rental (commercial) and ownership (commercial); some at-market commercial ownership
Building Ownership Detail: Artscape holds a majority equity position in the building legally owned by Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2397 carrying on business as “Artscape Youngplace.”
Area (square feet): 75,000
Spaces included: 39 studios occupied by artists and organizations; one public lounge (Urban Living Lounge); Café (mezzanine level); Hallway Galleries located in circulation spaces
Tenants: See website directory
Building accessibility: Fully accessible by Ontario standards
Developer: The Dalton Company
Design: Teeple Architects (renovation), WilliamsCraig Inc. (interior design of main floor)
The transformation of the building was completed just before the centenary of its construction in 1914. The chalkboards, vitrines, signs and clocks on the walls originally belonged to the Shaw Street School.
Artscape Youngplace Campaign
The Artscape Foundation thanks the following governments, foundations, corporations and individual philanthropists for their extraordinary generosity in bringing Artscape Youngplace to life. Together, their contributions helped build this community cultural hub and will ensure that it remains both affordable and sustainable over the long term.
$2,000,000 | The Michael Young Family Foundation
$1,300,000 | Department of Canadian Heritage
The Saskin Family and URBANCORP
Ontario Trillium Foundation
The City of Toronto
$100,000 – $149,999
Castlepoint Numa and Cityzen Development Group
First Capital Realty Inc.
TD Financial Group
The Remington Group Inc. and the R. P. Bratty Family Foundation
TAS Shaping Beautiful Cities
$25,000 – $99,999
J.P. Bickell Foundation
Iler Campbell LLP
The Dalton Company Ltd.
Philip Deck and Kimberly Bozak
Robert and Julia Foster
The Henry White Kinnear Foundation