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First Canadian Place Re-cladding (Detail) | by In Memoriam: michaelTO
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First Canadian Place Re-cladding (Detail)

A close-up shot of the façade


I've been meaning to take this shot for quite a while. I only recently discovered a good vantage point (the City Hall green roof). I wish I had taken it just a little bit earlier so the "before" and "after" were closer in size.


First Canadian Place was completed in 1977 and designed by Edward Durell Stone with Bregman & Hamann. The original building was clad in Carrara marble, which overtime has weakened. Last year, they started the long process of replacing the marble with fritted glass panels. The panels have small white particles baked into them so the building still has a white appearance. One glass panel replaces eight pieces of marble. The top part of the tower (above the scafolding) is the newly clad glass panels, while the lower part is the original marble. The building had over time gotten really dirty and ugly. I think the building looks much better with the new cladding.


The Aon Building in Chicago was another Edward Durell Stone building that has a similar story. They chose to replace the marble with granite, so the building had a similar appearance after the re-cladding.

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Taken on June 26, 2011