St. Lawrence Market to unveil new heritage lighting this week

Nov 4 2019, 12:57 pm

The St. Lawrence Market is getting new lighting.

According to the City of Toronto, the St. Lawrence Market South (main) building recently installed heritage lighting, which will be illuminated for the first time on November 7 during the “heritage lighting ceremony.”

The ceremony, scheduled to run from 6:15 to 7:15 pm this Thursday, is open to the public and will kick off with remarks from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.

“The St. Lawrence Market South Building, as the site of Toronto’s first permanent city hall in 1845, is an important heritage property of the city and a community anchor for Ward 13,” said Coun. Wong-Tam. “I’m excited that the beautiful historic features of this building will be highlighted and emphasized with this elegant lighting project.”

The South Market heritage lighting design was developed by design firm Smith + Andersen and is part of the city’s Heritage Lighting Master Plan for Old Town Toronto.

The city said that the South Market project presented an opportunity to design exterior architectural lighting that enhances the facade and the interior historical character and architectural elements of the site.

Besides highlighting the Market’s architecture, “the new lighting provides wayfinding elements to identify the site’s major entry points, illuminates specific historic features of the site and on the building, enhances the interior common areas, is environmentally sustainable and power efficient and includes interchangeable lighting for occasions including holidays and events.”

St. Lawrence Market is a renowned international food market featuring 120 merchants, vendors and farmers, offering fresh produce, meats, and specialty items.

Serving Toronto residents and international visitors since 1803, the market is regularly recognized as one of Toronto’s most popular destinations and was ranked the number one food market in the world by National Geographic.