Case Studies

As Canada’s leader in multi-tenant space development for the arts and culture sector, Artscape has transformed a portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto into dynamic community assets. Our projects provide workspaces for many galleries, theatres, and not-for-profit organizations and live/workspaces for hundreds of artists and designers.


In this section, you’ll find detailed case studies of Artscape projects, including the Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Artscape Distillery Studios, Artscape Wychwood Barns, and Artscape Triangle Lofts. Additional case studies will be added to Artscape DIY on an ongoing basis, including Artscape West Queen West, Artscape Liberty Village, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Artscape projects currently under construction, such as the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre and Artscape YOUNGplace.

These case studies tell the story of Artscape’s buildings from initial inception to current operations, and offer a detailed view into how our projects came to life. Read the case study narrative, click through the illustrated project timelines, watch interviews with key project partners, and explore project materials and archives. In this section, you’ll find:

  • Complete Case Study Narratives
    Read historical information about the neighbourhood, information on the project’s design/build, and key lessons learned.
  • Illustrated Project Timelines
    Click through select photos capturing the project’s history, from archival photos of the project site, to photos of the project’s construction and opening.
  • Archives
    Browse archival material related to each project, including newspaper and other media articles, Artscape newsletters, and other information.
  • Media
    Watch interviews with key project partners and view historic photo galleries, as well as galleries of the interior, exterior, and construction phases of projects.
  • Project Materials
    Review key documents and collateral from each project, including feasibility studies, business plans, calls for proposals, promotional materials, and more.

Content List

  • Introducing Artscape's Creative Spaces

    Over our 25-year history Artscape has evolved from developing affordable artists studios in single-purpose facilities to being ...
  • Artscape West Queen West

    Artscape West Queen West was Artscape’s first affordable housing project. Located at 900 Queen Street West in the heart of what...
  • Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre

    In 1998, Parkdale’s former police station was ripe for a new life that would help revitalize the local economy and strengthen t...
  • Artscape Gibraltar Point

    In 1999, a group of Toronto Island residents contacted Artscape when the historic former Toronto Island Public and Natural Scie...
  • Artscape Distillery Studios

    When Cityscape acquired the old Gooderham and Worts Distillery in Toronto’s downtown east in December 2001, Artscape was among ...
  • Artscape Wychwood Barns

    Artscape has transformed the historic Wychwood TTC streetcar repair barns located in Toronto’s St. Clair and Christie neighbour...
  • Artscape Triangle Lofts

    Artscape Triangle Lofts is a condominium development created to preserve vital artist work and living space in the Queen West T...
  • Daniels Spectrum

    Artscape has partnered with Toronto Community Housing, the Daniels Corporation and members of the local Regent Park community t...
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