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The main tower of the Manulife Centre

The Manulife Centre is located on the southeast corner of Bay and Bloor streets, adjacent to the southern edge of the Yorkville district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It consists of a 51-story 800-suite luxury residential tower at 44 Charles Street and a shorter tower at 55 Bloor Street West, connected by a retail complex on the main floor and basement. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (768 × 1024 pixel, file size: 213 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Taken by SimonP in April 2005 Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (768 × 1024 pixel, file size: 213 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Taken by SimonP in April 2005 Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU... Torontos Bay Street in the heart of the financial district. ... Bloor Street is a major east-west commercial thoroughfare in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Bloor Street Bloor Street Yorkville is an affluent neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area Ranked 4th...

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History

Construction began in 1972 and was completed in 1974. It was developed and built for Manulife Financial, the current owners. An underground tunnel connects the basement level of the shopping concourse to Holt Renfrew at 50 Bloor St West on the north side of Bloor, allowing pedestrians to access either of two subway stations (Bloor-Yonge or Bay) without going outside. Manulife Financial (TSX: MFC NYSE: MFC SEHK: 945 PSE: MFC)is a Canadian insurance company. ... Holt Renfrew is a high end Canadian department store often compared to the United States retailers Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Barneys New York. ... Bloor-Yonge is a station on the Yonge-University Spadina line and the Bloor_Danforth Line of the Toronto subway. ... Bay is a station on the Bloor-Danforth line of the subway system in Toronto, Canada. ...


Early retail tenants at the Manulife Centre included Bretton's department Store (60,000 square feet), Creed's (38,000 Square feet), Harridge's, and other luxury tenants. Over time, these three large retailers went bankrupt and closed.


Creeds

Creeds was a women's specialty store specializing in furs, designer fashions, and cosmetics. The 38,000 square foot store spanned three floors and featured boutiques for Chanel, Christian Dior, Emanuel Ungaro, and Sonia Rykiel. The original location opened in 1916; the Manulife Centre location closed with the firm's bankruptcy in 1991. Articles with similar titles include Channel. ... Christian Dior (January 21, 1905 – October 23, 1957), was an influential French fashion designer. ... Emanuel (Maffeolit) Ungaro (born 1933 in Aix-en-Provence) is a French fashion designer. ... Sonia Rykiel (who was born circa 1930 in Paris, France of Polish Jewish extraction) is a French fashion designer. ...


Today

Today the retail portion of Manulife Centre serves the local population, and includes Birks, Indigo Books, and William Ashley fine china.


See Also

Panorama Lounge & Restaurant is the highest outdoor patio. ... This is a list of the tallest skyscrapers in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...

External links

  • Manulife Centre official
  • Manulife Centre tenants

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