masseytowercanadianbankofcommerce Many Torontonians have walked by the Canadian Bank of Commerce building on Yonge Street without even realizing its historic significance.

This isn’t because it’s a dull, unassuming structure. In fact, as you can see it’s quite architecturally stunning. The building, which sits at 197 Yonge Street, was completed in 1905 and designated as a historical property in 1974. The problem is that it has been sitting unoccupied since 1987. Why would anyone let such an amazing building with such a rich history sit empty for so long?

The folks at MOD Developments decided to do something about it. With their new Massey Tower project, they’re breathing new life into the Canadian Bank of Commerce building. Their plan is to incorporate the building into the condo and have it act as the lobby.

Sitting across from the Eaton Centre and only steps away from the subway, the location has great condo site written all over it. We’ll have more on MOD‘s plans for Massey Tower soon, but until then check out our photos from our exclusive tour of the historic Canadian Bank of Commerce.

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One of the restoration workers in action. He gave us a great tour of the building too!

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With a job this cool, you'd be all smiles too.

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Look at that amazing detailing! They don't make 'em like they used to...

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The interior could definitely use a little TLC, but the detailing remains remarkable.

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MOD will be incorporating the historically designated building into the finished condo. In fact, it will be the lobby of the condo!

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Still a lot of work to be done here, but soon the heritage portion will accommodate the Massey Tower presentation centre.

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How cool is this? The original emblem of the Canadian Bank of Commerce at the entrance of the building. It will look even better once they clean it up a bit.

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We went up to the top floor. There are no lights up there so our path was lit by a single iPhone. This is the door leading out to the fire escape. Spooky, right?

For more info on Massey Tower call 416 966 0197 or email info@themasseytower.com. Visit the website by clicking here.

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