At 180 Shaw Street in Toronto, Artscape Youngplace opened in November 2013 after undergoing a $17 million, three-year renovation and remediation process led by Teeple Architects, with The Dalton Company. The former Shaw Street School, a 75,000 square foot heritage-listed building originally constructed in 1914, was declared surplus by the Toronto District School Board in 2001, henceforth sitting vacant. In 2006, the Toronto District School Board hired Artscape to conduct a feasibility study of its potential reuse. This study, which included extensive community consultation, demonstrated strong community support for repurposing the site as a centre for arts and community programming. Artscape purchased the property from the Toronto District School Board in 2010, thanks to a generous lead gift from The Michael Young Family Foundation. After its physical transformation involving every area of the building and grounds, Artscape Youngplace now stands as a hugely popular community cultural hub—a destination and resource for the community, and a sustainable space for local artists and cultural creators. Artscape Youngplace is an extraordinary example of the successful adaptive reuse of an abandoned school building—of which there are a growing number across Ontario—and revitalization of an under-utilized community gem.
2015 Heritage Toronto Award – Honourable Mention