From the Toronto Staff Report, November 9, 2004
To: Toronto Preservation Board
Subject: 14 Blevins Place (Dickinson Tower) – Inclusion on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties
Reasons for Listing:
The property at 14 Blevins Place (Dickinson Tower) is recommended for inclusion on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties for its cultural heritage value and interest. Located in Regent Park South, 14 Blevins Place (Dickinson Tower) is one of five high-rise buildings. Designed by the important Toronto architect Peter Dickinson, then with Page + Steele Architects, the project won the Massey Medal for Architecture. Dickinson’s design featured two-storey apartments that separated the bedrooms from the living space and enabled units to front onto both sides of the building. The heritage attributes are found on the exterior walls and roof. Standing 14 storeys tall, the building is made of red brick with a flat roof. The pattern of the fenestration is a significant feature. Windows divide the façade into twelve vertical sections, and clusters of 10-12 windows are grouped within these sections. Originally, balconies were incorporated into the facade. The elevator shaft can be seen in the centre of the façade on either side of the building. The ground floor tenants on the west side of the building have privategardens, which have been enclosed by a wooden fence.