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If you’re a University of Toronto student, you know all about One Spadina Crescent. It’s the 19th-century Gothic Revival building in Spadina Circle, home of Knox College and Connaught Laboratories, and the site of a lot of reported ghost activity. This Tuesday, the University is unveiling their plans to re-design and re-vamp the space as part of the University of Toronto’s Boundless Campaign. Maybe to drop rumours of hearing voices in the walls, maybe just to modernize the site – we’ll never know for sure.
David Naylor, President of U of T, and Richard Somner, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty, will be announcing the artistic vision and fundraising plans for the project Tuesday June 11. They aim to bring fresh life into the building by incorporating contemporary architecture, transforming One Spadina’s current dusty hallways into a bright new Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.
In a release, U of T says One Spadina Crescent is one of Toronto’s most historically significant sites, and each room tells a story. During WWII, the building served as a Military Hospital for returning veterans. Amelia Earhart treated wounded soldiers there. Another wing is the site of an unsolved murder case of an arts professor. Students to date report hearing voices in the walls at night, and a reported ghost hunter lost her life climbing through on an investigation. The building is also host to the Eye Bank of Canada, the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.
All in all, the 138-year-old building is pretty incredible – and pretty spooky. The project will be the largest architecture school expansion in Canada’s history. Keep your eye(balls) peeled for the plans next week.