The first Canadian Place is a tall skyscraper that is located in the financial district of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. It is also known as the First Bank Tower and is the location of the Toronto headquarters for the Bank of Montreal. It is currently considered as the tallest building in Canada. It is also considered as the 3rd tallest free-standing structure in the country after the CN Tower found in the same city and the Inco Superstack located in Sudbury, Ontario.
First Canadian Place History
The First Canadian Place was named after Canada’s first bank, the Bank of Montreal. It was initially called as the First Bank Tower when it was being planned for construction. The location of the building was once the site of the Old Toronto Star Building. This area was the last place located in the corners of the King and Bay to be redeveloped during the 60′ and the 70’s.
Before it was built, there were new rules instilled in the area by then mayor David Crombie that bans the building of any skyscrapers. It took about 3 years of lobbying in order to get the permission from the city to build the First Canadian Place. The skyscraper was completed in 1975.
First Canadian Place Profile
The First Canadian Place was designed by Bregman + Hamann Architects along with Edward Durell Stone & Associates who stood as the design consultant. With a roof height of 298 meters or 978 feet, it is the tallest skyscraper in Canada. If the height includes its antenna spire, the skyscraper stands 355 meters or 1,165 feet tall. It has been Canada’s tallest building ever since its completion, with only the CN Tower and the Inco Superstack as the other man made structures that have surpassed it in terms of height.
The skyscraper contains a total of 72 floors located above ground with an additional 4 floors located underground. It has a total floor area of 250,849 sq. meters or 2,700,120 sq ft. It has a total of 29 elevators servicing the entire building.
First Canadian Place Features
The First Canadian Place features white Carrara marble for its exterior cladding as well as the interiors. It is the same material used for the Aon Center. It contained a total of 45,000 marble panels that weighed a total of 200 to 300 pounds each. Because of the weight of the cladding, a portion of the marble detached and fell from the building’s 60th floor into the 3rd floor mezzanine roof below sometime in May 15, 2007. The same thing happened to the Aon Center when the marble cladding detached in 1974 and fell to the roof of the neighboring building.
Sometime in late 2009, the building owners decided to undertake a rejuvenation program similar to what was done on the Aon Center. The heavy marble panels were replaced with glass panels over the course of 3 years.