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Heritage developer Paul Oberman dies in plane crash

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News broke earlier this afternoon that Paul Oberman, the developer behind the restoration of prominent Toronto heritage properties including the Gooderham Flatiron Building and the Summerhill Station LCBO, died last night in a plane crash in Maine.

The Star has a post about the crash, and a a moving tribute to Oberman by Lloyd Alter is up on TreeHugger. There’s also a Facebook memorial group.

Photos by Randolph Croft and Stephen Best



  1. A tragic loss. North Toronto station was proof that heritage and modern day usage can both work.

  2. Indeed. Oberman helped make Toronto a more beautiful place with his heritage-conscious development projects. He leaves a great legacy, rather than one of mediocre and forgettable projects.

    It’s even sadder that so few people commented on this tragic loss. Amidst all those who cry foul when a neglected heritage property collapses or burns down, where’s their appreciation?

    Rest in peace, Paul Oberman.