Toronto is known for a lot of things: great restaurants, a thriving arts scene, tons of amazing festivals and cultural events. As it turns out, the 6ix has also found a niche in repurposing funeral homes. From galleries to lofts, we explore what happens when urban planning meets end of life care.
Toronto Funeral Homes Get a Second Life
LCBO, Queen and Dunn
Once a funeral home located in the heart of Parkdale, this shiny new LCBO location is the perfect spot to grab a few locally crafted beers en route to a lakeside picnic. Boasting a parking lot (a rarity in the Toronto) and an impressive selection of wines and spirits, it’s been a welcome addition to this Queen West neighbourhood.
Pop Up Art Gallery, Queen and Broadview
What better way to contemplate the great unknown than by exploring art installations in a former funeral home? In an exhibition put on by Labspace Studio in 2011, a group of 15 artists set up the facility as a stage to showcase sculptures, film projects, and photographs under “…that recalled, reinterpreted and recreated a past memory.”
Veterinary Clinic, Queen and Strachan
Occupying prime real estate across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, this new animal hospital is housed in what used to be one a funeral home dating back to the 1800s. Today, it’s a state of the art facility dedicated to the health and well-being of Toronto’s fuzziest citizens.
Condominums, Roncesvalles and Howard Park
While the project is still in its infancy, plans to turn what was once a Roncey landmark into sprawling condos has left locals feeling hot under the collar. The tastefully appointed two-storey funeral home was leveled to make room for a 93 unit building, something that nearby residents aren’t especially keen on.
Arts and Music Studio, Niagara and Tecumseth
Once home to the National Casket Company in the early 1900s, this heritage building has been transformed into a live-in studio space for a diverse group of artists and musicians. Unfortunately, redevelopment plans are in the works, leaving the residents in a precarious position.