First Canadian Place

Architecture has been a major industry in the city of Toronto. Throughout the years, buildings have gained potential with their presence to the city and to their sites. Toronto has been the home of the most iconic buildings in Canada and in the world including the CN tower and the Air Canada Centre. Although these buildings are easily recognized as iconic structures, there are other buildings in different districts that have their place in the Toronto skyline1. The First Canadian Place has been a structural symbol in the city along the skyline and in the streets of Toronto. Creating a legacy of standing tall, it still remains the tallest office tower in the Commonwealth1.

The First Canadian Place sets the stage for the financial district symbolizing its international architecture throughout the facade and the site itself. It was constructed in 1975 on the site of the Old Toronto Star Building and took one year for completion by developers, Olympia and York Properties Corporation and architects, Bregman + Hamann Architects along with design consultants, Edward Durell Stone & Associates2,3,4. This 72 storey high-rise had its complications with the starting construction of the project2,3. The First Canadian Place, or formerly known as the First Bank Tower, was to be constructed on the only corner of King and Bay and major bidding competitions became a problem to gain the property. Eventually, Olympia and York Properties Corporation was working on the city block and construction was underway for them to create this icon3,4. However, the mayor of Toronto, David Crombie created new rules for banning skyscrapers so they had to wait three years in order to finish the project and so First Canadian Place was granted.

The First Canadian Place is nearly 355 m high from the tip of the antenna3. Being one of the focal points of the intersection of King and Bay Street, its simple facade defines the verticality of the building. The building itself is identical to the Aon Centre in Chicago, Illinois that was completed nearly two years before the construction of the First Canadian Place5,6. It shares the same floor plans and the same cladding material throughout the structure5,6. In all aspects to height and style, the First Canadian Place is Canada’s tallest office tower, the third tallest free-standing structure in Canada and the eleventh tallest in North America alone5,6.


  1. Bunting, Trudi E. “Canadian cities in transition: new directions in the twenty – first century.” Oxford University Press, Don Mills, 2010. Print
  2. “FCP”. First Canadian Place. Brookfield Properties. Web. 2 Oct 2010 <>
  3. “First Canadian Place”. TO Built : Detailed Structure, 2010 <>
  4. “First Canadian Place”.  Skyscraper Page. Skyscraper Source Media, 2010. Web. 10 Oct 2010 <>
  5. Harris, Matthew. “First Canadian Place gets a new skin”. Blog TO (2010) : 2 Oct 2010 <>
  6. Roberts, Rob. “Canada’s Tallest Office Tower gets a $100 million facelift.” National Post. 23 Sep 2009, Print
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