The Randolph Academy
Urban / Suburban / Vacation
The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts (RAPA) is located at 736 Bathurst Street, near the Bloor / Bathurst subway station, in Toronto’s vibrant Annex neighbourhood. Close to the University of Toronto, the Annex is a lively and diverse area known for its cafes, bookstores, bars and restaurants. Just south of RAPA is the new CSI Annex building and Harbord Village, an area that is quickly becoming one of Toronto’s premiere culinary destinations.
ONE Development (as manager of the RPDI Fund) is investing in the restoration, revitalization and maintenance of the historic Bathurst Street Church building which is home to the Randolph Academy (as prime tenant). The building will serve as an income property for the Fund from rent generated by the RAPA.
Founded in 1992 by George C. Randolph Jr., the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit educational institution providing world-class performing arts training to young artists worldwide. Distinguished faculty and entertainment industry professionals shape Triple Threat™ skills of dancing, acting and singing in an accredited college program, youth show choir program, and children’s recreational program. RAPA aims to “educate, stimulate and inspire the creativity of performers” while ultimately providing a centre for community interaction, innovation and artistic support. The site is home to the historic 500-seat Bathurst Theatre, a landmark roadhouse for original Canadian theatre, as well as the 100-seat Annex Theatre, in addition to several studio facilities.
Built in 1888, this historic Gothic Revival building was originally used as a church but was converted into a theatre in 1968. Listed in the Ontario Heritage Trust’s “Ontario’s Places of Worship”, the site is recognized as both a historic landmark and an example of an effective adaptive reuse of a heritage building. The new investment by One Development will fund key upgrades to the property: restoring its historical integrity, providing energy saving measures and a safer and healthier environment for the occupants and enhancing its exterior landscape.
The main areas for reinvestment will be roof insulation, window repair, landscape and electrical upgrades, all done with careful consideration to the historical fabric of the structure. This partnership between One Development and RAPA will revitalize both the building and the surrounding area, providing a creative hub for the neighbourhood, local community and the greater theatrical community.