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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Bata Shoes Headquarters
Bata Shoes Headquarters
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created by scribble on 3/30/2006 8:39 PM
last modified by Axle on 12/25/2007 12:25 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: worth the trip
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Toronto, Ontario
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    Great example of 1960's modernist architecture
     Security Measures
  • active alarms and quick security response
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1965
    Closed: 2003
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    Last September, Toronto city council voted 36-1 to reject a special heritage designation for North York's former Bata shoe headquarters, a hallmark of modern architecture designed by prominent Toronto architect John C. Parkin.

    This decision made it possible for the 40-year-old building to be demolished. It sits on the site of an Aga Khan Council of Canada proposed complex that would include an Ismaili spiritual centre, a museum of rare Islamic art and a public park.

    The Bata building is a white pavillion-esque, low-rise concrete and glass office structure that sits on the brow of a hill at the Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton Avenue East. It has been long recognized as a fine example of 1960s-era Modern Movement architecture. Recently, the Toronto Society of Architects identified the building as one of 96 significant buildings and public spaces in Toronto built between 1953 and 2003.

    Because the Aga Khan Foundation supports the development and heritage of regional architecture in many third-world countries it was hoped the building could be incorporated into the development plans.

    Many heritage activists, architects and planners are lamenting the loss of good examples of mid-century modern design and the role it played in the original site planning for the area of Don Mills.

    A motion was tabled at city council that requires the Aga Khan Council to defer demolition of the Bata building until site plans are approved and a building permit obtained.
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     Future Plans
    Plans are in the works to demolish the building and constuct an Islamic cultural centre...

    December 24, 2007: Demolition well underway
    Into Darkness
    Sun, May 7th, 2006
    posted by Axle

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    When the Cathedrals were white...
    Thu, Mar 30th, 2006
    posted by scribble
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    Air33's May Visit
    Sun, May 21st, 2006
    posted by Air
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    Tue, Dec 25th, 2007
    posted by videonerd
    6 pictures
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    Former Canadian Bata Corp HQ
    Wed, Jan 2nd, 2008
    posted by Jannx
    1 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 7/25/2008 4:47 AM.

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  • on Jul 25 08 at 4:47, Steed validated this location
  • on Jan 6 08 at 3:09, Emperor Wang conditionally validated this location
  • on Jan 2 08 at 4:14, Jannx updated gallery picture Former Canadian Bata HQ: Don Mills ON
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  • on Jan 2 08 at 4:11, Jannx added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jan 2 08 at 4:07, Jannx created a new gallery
  • on Dec 25 07 at 17:40, videonerd added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Dec 25 07 at 17:35, videonerd created a new gallery
  • on Dec 25 07 at 12:25, Axle changed the following: Status
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