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This heritage building on Queen Street is shedding its skin

The former Woolworth's building is emerging from its cocoon.

The ongoing renovation at 2 Queen Street West

Courtesy of Sean Marshall

The ongoing renovation at 2 Queen Street West

The heritage building on the northwest corner of Yonge and Queen is shedding its skin. Built in 1895, the Jamieson Building at 2 Queen Street West housed the department store Woolworths for decades, and has most recently hosted the outdoor gear store Atmosphere.

But it's getting a new look with construction crews removing black aluminum cladding first put up in the 1980s. It's part of a new development on the site that will add three storeys and a rooftop restaurant, and includes a restoration by heritage specialists ERA Architects.

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