While Torontonians can’t claim that their city has as many “iconic” buildings as New York or London, they love the ones they have and are protective whenever there are plans to make a change to a Toronto landmark.
It’s a pretty big deal then that the historic Flatiron Building, easily one of Toronto’s most recognizable landmarks, is up for sale.
Also known as the Gooderham Building, the unique structure is located in the heart of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and is easily one of the most photographed buildings in Canada.
It was built in 1892 and designed in a Romanesque and Gothic revival-style by architect David Roberts Jr. for George Gooderham, the former president of the Bank of Toronto and the owner of Gooderham and Worts distillery. It was the office of the Gooderham and Worts distillery until 1952.
The architecturally distinct building fell into obscurity during the mid-twentieth century, but was restored and maintained by the late Paul Oberman, a real estate developer who wished to preserve Toronto’s historic buildings. In fact, just last week Oberman was honoured posthumously by Heritage Toronto for his commitment to Toronto’s urban landscape.
Oberman’s company, Woodcliffe Landmark Properties, made the decision to sell the Flatiron Building because the entire office component is now available in its entirety.
“This presents an opportunity for a company to own and occupy one of the most iconic buildings in Canada,” says Eve Lewis, Mr. Oberman’s widow and current CEO of Woodcliffe.
The deadline for bids has been set for October 27, 2011.
How exciting! Having an office in that building would be really cool, we’d just be worried about accidentally breaking something in that 119 year old landmark. Not that we’re the clumsy types…