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ARCH 1060 - Design Fundamentals - Group Research Project

Make an appointment with Andrea Hall to help you get started on your research.

Toronto  Buildings

Getting Started

  • Start with the TOBuilt website.  Note the details about your building.  Click the Sources link for articles and books about your building.  
  • The Architectural Index for Ontario is a good source for basic information on buildings in Toronto.  It provides details, such as year built, architect, and building name(s).  It also provides a list of journal articles and books about your building.

Articles and Books

The library has newspapers, magazines, and journals with information on Toronto buildings.   You can also search our book collection.  While the Library Learning Commons is currently closed, we do have a number of e-books that might have information on your building. 

Articles:  Try searching on all aspects of the building, including:

  • The current and former name(s) of the building
  • The architect or firm that designed the building
  • The architect or firm that did restoration work on the building

library learning commons website

Go to the Library Learning Commons  website and enter your search.

This will allow you to simultaneously search a number of databases including  Art and Architecture Complete and CPI.Q.

 


 

Be sure to search our databases that have a Canadian focus.

Books and Videos: Use the library's main search box (above) but keep your search more general.  Try:

  • architect's name (e.g. Peter Dickinson)
  • building name (e.g. Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
  • type of architecture (e.g.Toronto and high-rise and architecture)
  • Toronto and architecture
  • Limit your search to e-books

Beyond Our Collection - E-books and Journals

  • For Toronto buildings search:
  • Search the Toronto Heritage Register if the building is designated.  
  • Search the architect's/firm's website or does the building have a website. Look for awards or references to articles and books.
  • Search the Internet Archive for books, journal articles and videos on your building or architect.  You must create a free account to borrow e-books at Sign up for an account.

  • All George Brown College students are eligible to apply for a Toronto Public Library Card.  This allows you to use the TPL databases and to check out books.  The main Reference Library at Yonge and Bloor has an excellent architecture collection.  They have a number of print journals that pre-date our print collection and a large architecture book collection.  These online databases may have articles on your building


Screen shot of a Google Book search on the Wesley Building Burke Toronto

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Canadian/International Buildings

Getting Started

Articles and Books

The library has newspapers, magazines, and journals with information on Canadian and international buildings.   You can also search our book collection.  While the Library Learning Commons is currently closed, we do have a number of e-books that might have information on your building. 

Articles:  Try searching on all aspects of the building, including:

  • The current and former name(s) of the building
  • The architect or firm that designed the building
  • The architect or firm that did restoration work on the building

library learning commons website

 

Go to the Library Learning Commons  website and enter your search.

This will allow you to simultaneously search a number of databases including  Art and Architecture Complete and CPI.Q.

 

 

Search the main search box below. This will allow you to simultaneously search a number of databases including  Art and Architecture Complete and CPI.Q.


Be sure to search our databases that have a Canadian focus for Canadian buildings.Canadian Content

Books and Videos:  Use the library's main search box but keep your search more general.  Try:

  • architect's name (e.g. Peter Dickinson)
  • building name (e.g. Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
  • type of architecture (e.g.Toronto and high-rise and architecture)
  • Toronto and architecture
  • Limit your search to e-books or videos

Beyond Our Collection - E-books and Journals

  • Search the architect's/firm's website or does the building have a website. Look for awards or references to articles and books.
  • Journal /Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is available full-text from Dalhousie Canadian Content
  • Search the Internet Archive for books, journal articles and videos on your building or architect.  You must create a free account to borrow e-books at Sign up for an account.

  • All George Brown College students are eligible to apply for a Toronto Public Library Card.  This allows you to use the TPL databases and to check out books.  The main Reference Library at Yonge and Bloor has an excellent architecture collection.  They have a number of print journals that pre-date our print collection and a large architecture book collection.  These online databases may have articles on your building

  • Search the RIBA catalogue for references to your building that may not come up in your initial search. Some of these resources may be available in our collection.  Most of these books and journals can be found at the Toronto Public Library.

Screen shot of a Google Book search on the Wesley Building Burke Toronto

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Toronto Heritage Register

The Toronto Heritage Register allows you to search for basic information on a number of historic buildings in Toronto.  This basic information is found in the Heritage Property Detail record which can be searched either via the Heritage Register Search map or by using the Heritage ProCity of Toronto's heritage property search showing search for 299 Queen Streetperty Search tool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

screen shot of the Heritage Property Detail record highlighting bylaw, easement, names, year built and architecture firm

The Heritage Property Detail record provides basic information on heritage buildings including:

  • the architect
  • year built
  • current and former name(s)
  • Heritage designation bylaw number
  • Heritage Easement Agreement number  

All of this information will be useful when searching for information on

Archidont - Architectural Index for Ontario

Toronto Reference Library's Architectural Index for Ontario is another good resource for basic information about historic buildings in  Toronto.  You can browse the index by designer/architect, building name, building type or street. The entry provides basic information on the building as well as an index to articles about the building.

screen shot from Architectural Index for Ontario showing the property details for 299 Queen St. W including building, date built and architect

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each listing also provides references to current and historical books and articles on the building.