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The Church Lofts - 701 Dovercourt Road

A century-old church evokes a sense of beauty and serenity, and with it, the recognition of its profound historic value. When the opportunity arose to transform an aweinspiring church space into lofts, Architect and Developer Bernard Watt jumped at the chance.

In 1906, the Centennial Methodist Church established a brick building at 701 Dovercourt Road, nestled south of Bloor Street. Aptly named The Church, this loft conversion will be carved from this neo-gothic church.

While any Toronto conversion is a hot commodity, a church conversion truly is a rarity. There have only been a handful of church conversions in the city less than half a dozen - and many consider them the holy grail of cool city living.

The transformation of the church into 28 unique lofts has its challenges - slanted floors designed to accommodate the parishioners' view from the pews and the U-shaped balcony. Most of it will be removed and replaced, but they are keeping the exterior wall of the church and the roof. The lofts will be rebuilt from within.

The interiors are contemporary-heritage, that is, the interiors will be very modern, clean, elegant, simple looking, resulting in a style that emphasizes the new and modern, overlapping the old and historic.

The Church Lofts will pay homage to the building's breathtaking interiors by converting the central church area into an atrium, with its original octagonal, stained-glass skylight embedded in the ceiling high above, adorned with turn-of-the-century floral motifs.

Purchasers found (the project sold out literally in days) a collection of one- and two-storey designs, ranging from 614 to 1,484 square feet. With 24 floor plans to choose from, and only 28 units, the designs are unique, incorporating contemporary details and elements from the original building that was finished in 1906.

The ultra-modern, Italian-imported kitchens; bathrooms boasting clean lines; beautiful tile; new windows; balconies, terraces and rooftop decks (as per plan) it's all in contrast to the timeless beauty of the building's original features that are being retained and restored the exposed brick walls, soaring steel trusses, and cornice and vaulted ceilings soaring from nine to 20 ft. in height.

The Church Lofts is close to the Bloor subway, College Street, Little Italy, the Dufferin Mall and Dufferin Grove Park.

Email or phone 416-388-1960 today if this loft interests you.

The Church Lofts - 701 Dovercourt Road

The Church Lofts - 701 Dovercourt Road


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