Architectural Index for Ontario


Information on Building Name: Canada Life Assurance Bldg

Address: 0 King Street West
Type of Building: Office Buildings
Name of Building: Canada Life Assurance Bldg.
Notes: Replaced Langley Langley & Burke's building (same name) on the same site after only 12 years.

Dates
Design conceived 1887

Architects: Waite Richard
Journal or book Year Month Page Vol. No.
Toronto Architect Edmund Burke 1995 n/a 108-9

End of record
Address: 330 University Avenue
Type of Building: Corporate Headquarters
Name of Building: Canada Life Assurance Bldg.
Notes: 10-metre weather spire was built in 1951 and requires 1,007 lightbulbs. GREEN LIGHT at the tip of the beacon signals clear skies ahead. RED LIGHT suggests appraoching clouds. FLASHING RED warns of rain. When the rows of white lights flash in an ascending pattern, the temperature is expected to rise. A downward pattern predicts the opposite. When the beacon disappears completely, it's foggy!

Dates
Foundation started 1929
Restored 1994-1997

Architects: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners
Sproatt & Rolph (firm)
Journal or book Year Month Page Vol. No.
Metropolitan Toronto Business Journal 1987 Feb. 48
Natural cut stone for fine buildings 195? n/a unpgd
Perspectives: Newsletter of the Ontario Assn of Ar 1997 Winter 23 5 4
Toronto Star 2002 May B4 Thur 2nd
Toronto Star 2001 July B2 2nd