The Citadel opens in Toronto

Diamond Schmitt Architects Press Release February 14, 2012

TORONTO – A 100-year-old Salvation Army dispensary gets a new lease on life today as the home of the acclaimed contemporary dance troupe Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC).

The faded Salvation Army Citadel name is intact on the façade of the three-storey red brick building on Parliament Street. Inside, Diamond Schmitt Architects has designed performance, rehearsal and living space in support of the dancers’ commitment to community renewal.

The Citadel is located in Regent Park, Canada’s largest postwar social housing project that is in the midst of a 15-year rehabilitation. Diamond Schmitt is active in this redevelopment, designing the Regent Park Arts & Culture Centre, which opens later this year, and two condominium projects, Paintbox and the award-winning One Cole. Previously, the firm designed the Regent Park Community Health Centre.

“We wholly support the initiative of Coleman Lemieux and The Arts & Culture Centre to anchor culture as a primary driver in the community’s revitalization,” said Donald Schmitt, Principal with Diamond Schmitt Architects.

The Citadel includes an 1,800-square-foot studio/theatre for dance productions, a 900-square-foot studio for rehearsals, workshops and community classes, office space and accommodation for visiting out-of-town artists. CLC hosts free weekend dance classes for the community and the studio programming includes pay-what-you-can yoga classes. The project received donations of services and materials from companies involved in the revitalization of Regent Park.

“The Citadel has been carefully renovated to create an inspiring work environment for the choreographers of the company and the dance community,” said Bill Coleman, partner in CLC.

Diamond Schmitt Architects is among the world’s top ten design firms in the cultural building market sector. Current projects include the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre, the Cambridge Performing Arts Centre and Ryerson Image Centre. The firm is equally well represented in the design of academic, healthcare, residential and commercial buildings.

The Citadel opens in Toronto

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