A public market has existed at the North Market since 1803
By Duncan McAllister —
The search is officially on with an international architectural design competition for the St. Lawrence Market’s north building launched Nov. 12. According to officials, the north building at 92 Front St. E. no longer meets the needs of Market vendors, shoppers and the community, due to its lack of building amenities. The strategy to redevelop the north market property was approved by Toronto city council in November 2008.
“We’re looking for the best creative minds in architecture to replace the underused, single-storey North Market building with a new 4-storey, multi-purpose facility that will be a model for sustainable design, energy efficiency and design excellence,” said Mayor David Miller. “The challenge for architectural teams is to come forward with a forwardthinking design that is also mindful of the character and heritage of the St. Lawrence market and surrounding neighbourhood.”
The St. Lawrence Market complex, consisting of St. Lawrence Hall and the south and north Market buildings, has served for over 200 years as the city’s social centre and premier marketplace. A public market has existed in one form or another on the North Market site since 1803. “One of Toronto’s greatest landmarks and long-standing traditions is about to get better,” said Councillor Pam McConnell. “With the South Market consistently ranked as one of the best markets in the world, this design competition for a new North Market building is a major milestone that further enhances the entire St. Lawrence Market complex as a thriving hub for activity and prosperity.