There’s a myth perpetuated by some Toronto councillors that former suburban boroughs “get crumbs” while downtown gets gold. It’s completely untrue now, and it has been untrue for decades. The vast majority of Massey Medals for Architecture in Toronto, Canada’s highest honour from 1950-1970 and precursor to the Governor General’s Medal, are located in the inner suburbs. Some are massive industrial headquarters, while others are intimate libraries or infill residential. We have lost many and will continue to lose more unless we wake up and realize the value of our relatively recent historic heritage.
Mapped below are the contenders and winners in the Massey Medal for Architecture 1950-1970. A great thank you to Robert Moffatt’s Toronto Modern blog for inspiring this mapping exercise. He outlines the award’s rise and fall and explains its changes over time. Also thank you to Bob Krawczyk’s TOBuilt website, an invaluable (and searchable!) resources for architecture in this city.
If you have information on additions to this map, please comment below. Records for the awards, as they changed names and format over the years, may not be complete.
View Massey Medals for Architecture 1950-1970 in a larger map