Palace Arms Adaptive Re-Use Study


Pearl Group



SvN was retained in Spring 2015 to develop a planning summary and conceptual massing for the property at 950 King Street W. The ‘heritage listed’ structure, which had operated for many years as a rooming house, sits at a busy intersection in Toronto’s west end. The intersection is subject to the policies of the Garrison Common Secondary Plan and, as such, presented the potential for significant and innovative infill development. SvN’s concept design proposes 6-storeys of new commercial office development above a renovated ‘Palace Arms’. The historic structure itself would be converted to flagship retail, with the primary entrance facing the intersection of King Street and Strachan Avenue. Although the project did not proceed, the project presented a prime example for the adaptive conversion of historic properties for new, unanticipated, uses.

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We offer a full range of architecture, interior design, programming and construction management services for commercial and retail projects, especially within mixed-use developments. Our flexible designs focus on user experience and the creation of environments that reflect the culture and identity of our clients.
We undertake site analysis studies, from site scale up to secondary plan scales.  We work with developers and public agencies such as Build Toronto and Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation to complete due diligence and Highest and Best Use Studies for their lands. 
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