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List of tallest buildings in Toronto

View on the central business district from the CN Tower (June 2012)
Tallest buildings in Toronto.

This list of tallest buildings in Toronto ranks skyscrapers in the Canadian city of Toronto, Ontario by height. The tallest structure in Toronto is the CN Tower, which rises 553 metres (1,814 ft).[1] The CN Tower was the tallest free-standing structure on land from 1975 until 2007. However, it is not generally considered a high-rise building as it does not have successive floors that can be occupied. The tallest habitable building in the city is First Canadian Place, which rises 298 metres (978 ft) tall in Toronto's Financial District and was completed in 1975. It also stands as the tallest building in Canada.[2]

The history of skyscrapers in Toronto began in 1894 with the construction of the Beard Building, which is often regarded as the first skyscraper in the city.[3] Toronto went through its first building boom in the late 1920s and early 1930s, during which the number of high-rise buildings in the city vastly increased. After this period, there was a great lull in construction between 1932 and 1964 with only a single building above 91.5 metres (300 ft) tall being built.

The city then experienced a second, much larger building boom, which was at its peak between 1967 and 1976. This period saw the construction of Canada's three tallest buildings and 6 of its top 10 (at the time). When finished, the TD Tower was the 14th tallest building in the world (1967). The TD Tower would soon be followed by Commerce Court West, the 14th tallest building in the world at the time of its completion in 1972. Later, Canada's current tallest building, the First Canadian Place, became the 6th tallest building in the world at the time of its completion in 1975. After the mid-1970s, the pace of the boom slowed considerably but continued onto the early 1990s, culminating with the construction of the city's and Canada's second and third tallest buildings: Scotia Plaza and the TD Canada Trust Tower.

After this boom, the city went through a third, shorter lull in construction from 1993 to 2004, in which the city added only one new building to its top 20. By 2005 however, the city's third and largest high-rise construction boom began with the completion of One King Street West and has continued unabated ever since with nearly 50 planned, under construction or recently built buildings over 150 m/500 ft tall. Of the 20 buildings in Toronto taller than 200 metres, only six were built prior to 2000.

As of February 2018, Toronto is the site of 22 buildings over 200 m, 62 buildings over 150 m (492 ft) tall, and a total of 2,586 high-rise buildings[4][5] citywide, the second most for any city in North America after New York City. As of January 2015, Toronto is building more towers than any other city in North America except New York City, with at least 91 high-rise buildings under construction.[6]

Toronto has been the site of several major skyscraper construction projects in the 2010s, and ranked first on the continent in the number of high-rise buildings under construction for much of this time.[7] In 2012, the Adelaide Hotel Toronto (then known as Trump International Hotel and Tower) was completed, with a top dome height of 252 m (827 ft) [8] and an antenna height of 277 metres (908 ft), making it the fourth-tallest structure in Toronto and all of Canada. With the completion in late 2014 of Aura—which, at 78 storeys and a height of 272 m (892 ft), is the highest residential building in Canada—the tallest building under construction is the 308-metre (1,005 ft) tall The One.

As of April 2015, 303 high-rise buildings are under construction, proposed for construction, or approved for construction in the city.[9] Natalie Alcoba of the National Post described this phenomenon as the "Manhattanization" of Toronto.[10] In one week of 2018, Toronto's city council approved 755 storeys of new development in the city's downtown core.[11] The Toronto skyline can be spotted by the naked eye during clear daylight skies from locations as far as Newmarket in the north, Clarington in the east, Hamilton in the west, and Fort Niagara State Park, which is situated southeast of Toronto across Lake Ontario in the American state of New York. The CN Tower itself can be spotted as far as Barrie in the north, Port Hope in the east, Guelph in the west, and Buffalo in the south.

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Tallest buildingsEdit

The following is a list of Toronto skyscrapers that stand at least 150 m (492 ft) ranked by standard height measurement as of January 2019.[12] This includes spires and architectural details, but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Freestanding observation and/or telecommunication towers, while not habitable buildings, are included for comparison purposes; however, they are not ranked. One such tower is the CN Tower.

Rank Name Image Height
m / ft
Floors Year Category Notes
N/A CN Tower   553 / 1,815 147
equiv.
1976 Telecommunications
Tower
1 First Canadian Place   298 / 978 72 1976 Commercial
  • Tallest building in Canada since 1975
  • 8th tallest building in the world at the time of its completion
  • Tallest building in the world outside Chicago and New York City at the time of its completion
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 1970s
  • Formerly known as First Bank Tower
2 The St. Regis Toronto   277 / 908 57 2012 Hotel & Residential
  • Tallest mixed-use building in Canada
  • 776 ft (237 m) to roof
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 2010s as of 2018
  • Formerly known as Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto and The Adelaide Hotel
3 Scotia Plaza   275 / 902 68 1988 Commercial
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 1980s
4 Aura   272 / 892 78 2014 Residential
  • Tallest and largest residential building/condominium in Canada
5 TD Canada Trust Tower   261 / 856 53 1990 Commercial
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 1990s
6 One Bloor East   257 / 844 76 2017 Residential
7 Commerce Court West   239 / 784 57 1972 Commercial
8 Harbour Plaza Residences East 237 / 778 67 2017 Residential
9 ICE East (ICE II)   234 / 768 67 2015 Residential
10 Harbour Plaza Residences West 228 / 748 63 2017 Residential
11 Ten York 224 / 735 65 2018 Residential
12 Toronto-Dominion Tower   223 / 731 56 1967 Commercial
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 1960s
13 Bay Adelaide Centre West Tower   218 / 715 51 2009 Commercial
  • Tallest building completed in Toronto in the 2000s
14 Shangri-La Toronto   215 / 705 66 2012 Hotel & Residential
  • 66 floors including mechanical
15 Ritz-Carlton Toronto   210 / 689 53 2011 Hotel & Residential
16 Bay Wellington Tower   208 / 682 49 1991 Commercial
17 The L Tower   205 / 672 58 2016 Residential
18= 88 Scott   204 / 669 58 2017 Residential
18= Four Seasons Hotel and Residences West   204 / 669 55 2012 Hotel & Residential
  • 55 floors including mechanical
20 ICE West (ICE I)   202 / 663 57 2014 Residential
21 YC Condos 198 / 650 62 2018 Residential
22 E Condos Tower 1 196 / 643 58 2018 Residential
23 Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower 190 / 623 44 2016 Commercial
24 EY Tower   188 / 617 40 2017 Commercial
25= Casa II 185 / 607 56 2016 Residential
25= RBC Centre   185 / 607 42 2009 Commercial
27 U Condominiums 2 184 / 604 56 2016 Residential
28 Royal Trust Tower   183 / 600 46 1969 Commercial
29 Maple Leaf Square North Tower   181 / 594 54 2010 Hotel & Residential
30= Casa III 180 / 591 55 2018 Residential
30= Royal Bank Plaza South   180 / 591 40 1979 Commercial
32 INDX Tower 179 / 587 54 2016 Residential
33 One King West Hotel & Residence   176 / 578 51 2005 Hotel & Residential
  • Tallest completed all-residential skyscraper in Toronto in the 2000s
34 Success Tower 1   173 / 567 55 2009 Residential
35 Maple Leaf Square South Tower   171 / 561 50 2010 Residential
36 Hullmark Centre, North Tower   168 / 551 45 2014 Residential
  • Tallest building in North York
  • Tallest building in Toronto outside of Downtown
37= 44 Charles Street West   166 / 545 51 1972 Residential
37= The Selby 166 / 545 50 2018 Residential
37= Karma Condos 166 / 545 50 2016 Residential
40 Quantum 2   165 / 541 54 2008 Residential
41= Residences of College Park North   163 / 535 51 2006 Residential
41= Burano   163 / 535 50 2012 Residential
41= One York Street   163 / 535 35 2016 Commercial
44= Success Tower 2 162 / 531 52 2011 Residential
44= Lago at the Waterfront 162 / 531 50 2016 Residential
46= X2 161 / 528 49 2015 Residential
46= FIVE 161 / 528 48 2016 Residential
48= The Uptown Residences   160 / 524 48 2011 Residential
48= Delta Toronto Hotel   160 / 524 47 2014 Hotel
50= Grid Condos 158 / 518 50 2018 Residential
50= Three Hundred   158 / 518 49 2014 Residential
52= Theatre Park   157 / 515 47 2015 Residential
52= Festival Tower   157 / 515 42 2011 Residential
54 87 Peter (Noir Condominiums) 156 / 512 49 2018 Residential
55= U Condominiums 154 / 505 46 2015 Residential
55= TD Waterhouse Tower   154 / 505 39 1985 Commercial
57= West One   153 / 503 49 2007 Residential
57= 35 Mariner   153 / 503 49 2005 Residential
57= Westlake Village 1 153 / 502 48 2015 Residential
57= Montage   153 / 502 48 2009 Residential

Tallest buildings and structures by pinnacle heightEdit

This list ranks Toronto skyscrapers and other structures based on their pinnacle height, which includes radio masts and antennas. As architectural features and spires can be regarded as subjective, some skyscraper enthusiasts prefer this method of measurement. Standard architectural height measurement, which excludes antennas in building height, is included for comparative purposes.

Rank Name Pinnacle height
m / ft
Standard height
m / ft
Year completed Notes
1 CN Tower 553 / 1,815 457 / 1,499 1976 [14]
2 First Canadian Place 355 / 1,165 298 / 978 1975 [15]
3 Commerce Court West 287 / 942 239 / 784 1972 [16]
4 The St. Regis Toronto 277 / 908 277 / 908 2012 [8]
5 Scotia Plaza 275 / 902 275 / 902 1988 [17]
6 Aura 272 / 892 272 / 892 2014
7 TD Canada Trust Tower 263 / 862 227 / 745 1992 [18]
8 One Bloor 257 / 844 257 / 844 2017
9 Harbour Plaza Residences East 238 / 781 238 / 781 2017
10 ICE East (ICE II) 234 / 768 234 / 768 2015
11 Harbour Plaza Residences West 228 / 748 228 / 748 2017
12 Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower 223 / 732 223 / 732 1969 [19]
13 Bay Adelaide Centre 218 / 715 218 / 715 2009
14 Shangri-La Toronto 214 / 702 214 /702 2012
15 Ritz-Carlton Toronto 210 / 688 210 / 688 2011 [20]
16 Bay Wellington Tower 208 / 682 208 / 682 1992 [21]
17 L Tower 205 / 672 205 / 672 2016
18 Four Seasons Hotel and Residences 204 / 669 204 / 669 2012
19 88 Scott 204 / 669 204 / 669 2017
20 ICE West (ICE I) 202 / 663 202 / 663 2015

Tallest under construction, approved, and proposedEdit

Under constructionEdit

The following is a list of buildings that are under construction in Toronto and are planned to rise at least 150 m (492 ft) as of January 2019.[22]

Rank Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
1 The One 306.3 / 1005 83 2022 Once completed, it will surpass First Canadian Place — Canada's current tallest skyscraper and become Canada's first supertall skyscraper. Construction officially began with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 5, 2017.
2 CIBC Square II 237.8 / 780 49 2020 Construction officially began with a ground breaking ceremony on June 21, 2017.
3 Sugar Wharf Condominiums, Tower D 230.2 / 755 70 2022
4 Sky Tower Eau du Soleil 228.2 / 749 66 2019 Upon completion — Canada's tallest building outside a central business district.
5 Sugar Wharf Condominiums, Tower E 218.4 / 717 64 2022
6 The Prestige 216.2 / 709 65 2022 Part of the One Yonge Development on the site of the Toronto Star Building
7 Massey Tower 208.3 / 683 60 2019
8 The Residences of 488 University Avenue 207 / 679 55 2019
9 E Condos South 195.7 / 642 55 2019
10 Wellesley on the Park 194.2 / 637 60 2019
11 2221 Yonge Condos 192.5 / 632 58 2019
12 19 Duncan 186.5 / 612 58 2022
13 1 Yorkville 183.2 / 601 58 2019
14 Eau Du Soliel Water Tower 180.8 / 593 49 2019
15 The Rosedale on Bloor 179 / 587 52 2021
16 VITA on the Lake 177.1 / 581 53 2021
17 The Well, Office Tower 173.9 / 571 36 2020
18 The Selby Condos 170.6 / 560 49 2019
19 TeaHouse 501 Yonge Condominiums 170 / 558 52 2019
20 Lighthouse Tower Condominiums 170 / 558 52 2019
21 Grid Condos 157 / 515 50 2019
22 16 York 157 / 515 31 2020 Construction began on July 1, 2017
23 Dundas Square Gardens 156 / 512 48 2019
24 PJ Condos 155.8 / 511 50 2019
25 King Blue by Greenland North Tower 155.8 / 511 48 2019
26 Yonge & Rich Condominiums 154 / 505 45 2019
27 The Well Condominiums, Tower 1 153.4 / 503 44 2020

ApprovedEdit

The following is a list of buildings that are approved in Toronto and are planned to rise at least 153 metres (500 ft).

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
Mirvish+Gehry – West Tower 329 / 1079 91 Slated to become Frank Gehry's largest skyscraper project.
Mirvish+Gehry – East Tower 302 / 991 81
Sugar Wharf Condominiums, Phase 2 Tower B 298 / 978 90 2024
Commerce Court 3 298 / 978 64 2027 Construction will begin Q2 2022 and will be complete by 2027
Sugar Wharf Condominiums, Phase 2 Tower C 289 / 948 87 2024
Chelsea Green Tower 3 (33 Gerrard Street West) 285 / 935 88
Chelsea Green Tower 2 (33 Gerrard Street West) 285 / 935 88
Sugar Wharf Condominiums, Phase 2 Tower D 260 / 853 70 2024
CIBC Square I 241 / 791 50 2023 Construction will begin in Q2 2020 after completion of CIBC Square II.
160 Front Office Tower 240 / 787 46 2022 Construction will begin in 2019 and will be complete by Fall 2022
Union Centre 239 / 784 45
50 Bloor Street West 230 / 755 71
33 Yorkville Avenue I 213 / 699 64 2022
1 Eglinton Avenue East 211 / 692 65
591 Sherbourne 171 / 561 58
8 Cumberland 171 / 561 51 2021
Chelsea Green Tower 1 (33 Gerrard Street West) 168 / 551 49
Social at Church and Dundas 165 / 541 52 2022
Nobu Residences 1 157 / 515 45 2022 Construction will begin in 2019 and be complete by 2022
Nobu Residences 2 157 / 515 45 2022 Construction will begin in 2019 and be complete by 2022
Theatre District Residence, South Tower 156 / 512 49 2020
Theatre District Residence, North Tower 156 / 512 48 2020
Daniels Waterfront, Lighthouse Tower West 156 / 512 48 2019
1-9 Isabella 156 / 512 46
The Charles at Church 153 / 500 47

ProposedEdit

The following is a list of buildings that are proposed in Toronto and are planned to rise at least 153 metres (500 ft).

Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
Pinnacle One Yonge, Phase 2 307 / 1007 95 2021 Part of the One Yonge Development on the site of the Toronto Star Building
YSL Residences - Yonge Street Living 299 / 981 85
The HUB (30 Bay Street) 274 / 899 59
Pinnacle One Yonge, Phase 3 264 / 866 80 2022 Part of the One Yonge Development on the site of the Toronto Star Building
8 Elm 260 / 853 84
2 Carlton 252 / 867 73
415 Yonge 239 / 784 61
Cumberland Square, Tower B 228 / 748 66
Cumberland Square, Tower C 226 / 741 69
80 Bloor Street West 224 / 735 68
11 Yorkville Avenue 211 / 741 62
10 Wellesley Street West 205 / 673 64
400 Front Street West Tower 1 199 / 653 59
100 Simcoe Street 198 / 650 59
400 Front Street West Tower 2 192 / 630 57
90 Eglinton Avenue East 192 / 630 55
475 Yonge, Tower 1 192 / 630 59
150 Pearl Street 189 / 620 59
31A Parliament Street 189 / 620 57
245-285 Queen Street East Tower 2 189 / 620 52
60 Queen Street East 188 / 617 54
401-415 King Tower I 187 / 614 55
481 University 185 / 606 55
55 Charles Street East 180 / 591 55
Cumberland Square, Tower A 180 / 591 50
217 Adelaide Street West 179 / 587 56
88 Queen East Tower D 179 / 587 54
55 Eglinton Avenue East 178 / 584 50
250 University 176 / 577 54
245-285 Queen Street East Tower 3 174 / 571 47
One Front, West Tower 171 / 561 49
One Delisle 170 / 558 48
770 Don Mills Road, Tower 1 168 / 551 52
4800 Yonge Street 168 / 551 49
150 Eglinton Avenue East 167 / 548 46
309 Cherry Street South Building 166 / 545 52
Social at Church and Dundas 165 / 541 52 2020
10 St. Mary 165 / 541 51
One Front, East Tower 164 / 538 45
475 Yonge Street, Tower 2 163 / 535 48
89 Church Street 162 / 532 49
Wellesley Parliament Square 160 / 525 51
North St. James Town 160 / 525 50
Lakeside Residences, East Tower 160 / 525 49
305-319 King Street West 157 / 515 48
14 Duncan 157 / 515 48
400 King Street West 157 / 515 47
18 Dalhousie 156 / 512 49
Brimley & Progress, Tower 1 156 / 512 48
E2 at E Place 156 / 512 46
Maverick 155 / 509 49
1 Scollard 155 / 509 46
Grand Hotel Redevelopment 154 / 505 45
670 Progress Avenue, Tower 1 153/ 500 48
101 Spadina Avenue 153 / 500 47

Timeline of tallest buildingsEdit

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Toronto.

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
m / ft
Floors Reference Image
Beard Building 163 King Street East 1894–1896 30 / 98 7 [3]  
Temple Building 62 Richmond Street West 1896–1906 40 / 131 10 [23]  
Trader's Bank Building 67 Yonge Street 1906–1912 60 / 197 15 [24]  
Canadian Pacific Building 69 Yonge Street 1912–1915 65 / 213 15 [25]  
Royal Bank Building 2 King Street East 1915–1928 89 / 295 20 [26]  
Sterling Tower 372 Bay Street 1928–1929 90 / 313 21 [27]  
Royal York Hotel 100 Front Street West 1929–1931 124 / 407 28 [28]  
Commerce Court North 25 King Street West 1931–1967 145 / 476 34 [29]  
Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower 66 Wellington Street West 1967–1972 223 / 731 56 [30]  
Commerce Court West 199 Bay Street 1972–1975 239 / 784 57 [31]  
First Canadian Place 100 King Street West 1975–present 298 / 978 72 [2]  

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ Steve, Kupferman (2014-10-17). "Stat". Toronto Life. Retrieved 2015-04-23. The number of high-rise buildings under construction in Toronto as of September, according to Emporis data cited in the city’s monthly economic dashboard report. The only city with more high-rise construction, by Emporis’ reckoning, is New York, at 154. That wasn’t always the case: Toronto’s high-rise count was consistently the highest in North America until this summer. (If these somewhat-imperfect stats are anything to go by, at any rate.)
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  24. ^ "Trader's Bank Building". Emporis. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  25. ^ "Canadian Pacific Railway Building". Emporis. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  26. ^ "Optima Business Centre". Emporis. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  27. ^ "Sterling Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  28. ^ "Royal York Hotel". Emporis. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  29. ^ "Commerce Court North". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  30. ^ "Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  31. ^ "Commerce Court West". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-02-18.

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