90 sumach toronto

Former CBC prop warehouse gets a documentary film

90 Sumach is one of those Toronto buildings that kinda fades into the background. Located just north of Queen St., the structure currently serves as a loft space, but was once a prop house for the CBC. In other words, there's a lot of history built into this place.

A new documentary about the building tries to pull this rich heritage into focus, partially as a way to commemorate its history and partially as an antidote to the popular idea that Toronto is a city that lacks an architectural legacy worthy of talking about.

While 90 Sumach might not be an especially stunning building, to hear current residents and former workers talk about it, you immediately understand its cultural stature. The CBC did some of its best set design work here for over 40 years. It was a hub of creativity, and clearly some of that energy remains even as the space was long ago converted to lofts.

Take a tour through a forgotten bit of Toronto history via this doc on 90 Sumach.

The Story of 90 Sumach from Francis Luta on Vimeo.


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