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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Anglican Church of Canada National Offices
Anglican Church of Canada National Offices
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created by lopix on 3/5/2006 11:54 PM
last modified by Hi/Po on 5/20/2010 4:13 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Largish partly demolished building, 3 storeys with basement. Back parts were gone, very dangerous, as falling debris almost killed Fedge. Stay away from the edges! Inside, lots of boring empty offices. Larger building to the south holds a lot more promise, the old police HQ at 590 Jarvis.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
600 Jarvis Street
Toronto, Ontario
Owner: Philmor Group Ltd.
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • Falling debris!
  •  Interesting Features
    Not that much, 3-storey church office building, completely empty of anything of any interest. Partly demolished, so the falling pieces make for some interesting times! Unfortunately it was a lot more boring once we got inside.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1922
    Closed: 2002
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • head protection
  •  Recommended Equipment
    The Anglican Church of Canada has maintained offices at the site on Jarvis Street since 1922, when the Missionary Society of the Church in Canada purchased an 1880s-vintage, three-story brick house at 604 Jarvis for $56,250.

    In 1945, another 19th-century house, at 596 Jarvis, was purchased and the two were merged, renovated and expanded over the years to become the nondescript three-storey building at number 600 called “Church House.”

    Plans for the redevelopment of the national church offices had been underway for years. Negotiations on the condo development project began in the 1980s and a move was contemplated in the early 1990s, but recession stalled the construction industry.

    In January 2004, the Anglican Book Centre and all the departments of Church House packed up and moved approximately the length of a parking lot to four floors and 40,000 square feet in a new condominium building at 80 Hayden Street.

    (On another interesting note, the larger building to the south, 590 Jarvis (still sealed tight, dammit!) apparently used to be the Metropolitan Toronto Police Headquarters. Been watching that one for almost 2 years now, at least we got the north building, but the south one is still virgin!)
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     Future Plans
    Residential condominiums are to be built on the site.

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    Look Out Below!
    Sun, Mar 5th, 2006
    posted by lopix
    32 pictures
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    Bonus Look Out Below Pics
    Mon, Mar 6th, 2006
    posted by IanK1968
    24 pictures
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    Bonus pics
    Tue, Mar 7th, 2006
    posted by fedge
    10 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 5/20/2010 6:22 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on May 20 10 at 6:22, Steed validated this location
  • on May 20 10 at 4:13, Hi/Po changed the following: Recommendation
  • on May 20 10 at 4:12, Hi/Po changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Future Plans, Description
  • on Mar 7 06 at 4:43, fedge updated gallery picture S5300035a.jpg
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