One King West

Toronto, Ontario

One King West is a hotel and residential tower complex in Toronto’s financial district. The current building on the eastern portion of the site was designed by Darling and Pearson and built in 1914 as The Dominion Bank.

The 14-story masonry building has a granite base at the first four floors and terra cotta at the upper floors, with neo-classical ornament fitting for a bank building of the period. The dark gray colored granite contrasts with the light colored terra cotta, which has a matte white glaze speckled with black to imitate stone.

In 2005, a 51-story residential tower was appended to the historic building making it one of the tallest residential buildings in Toronto.

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Scope of work

  • Undertook detailed survey of existing conditions at exterior terra cotta, pre-cast concrete and granite masonry.
  • Documented conditions of high priority items using helmet-mounted video camera for discussion with project client.


  • Completed comprehensive hands-on inspection of façades in busy downtown area.
  • Reviewed potentially hazardous conditions with project client.

Building owner

  • Hotel Condominium, managed by CK Atlantic, Inc.

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