CITY OF TORONTO
CULTURAL HERITAGE LANDSCAPE, CONSERVATION DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION
GEORGE ROBB ARCHITECT
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is a complex evolved cultural landscape located in the Don Valley, Toronto. It was the original connection to the Brickworks and was initially conserved as a 1967 centennial project. It has historic industrial and residential buildings now converted to community uses of gallery, theatre, and museum all set in a rich naturalized landscape setting.
The goal of the project was to increase the visibility and security of the site and to improve the visitor circulation and connection to the parking area with the addition of a pedestrian bridge and a new trail network. The restoration of period settings for the heritage buildings using historic photographs to guide the details of the improvements completed the work.
The planning process required extensive community consultation and input and approval from the TRCA, and various city departments including public works, forestry, culture, and archaeology. The construction budget for this project was $1.6 million and the work was completed in 2010.