About The Complex
Rich in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Commerce Court is a destination like no other
Commerce Court is a rare complex that intersects and inspires the worlds of business and architecture. Its history reaches back to 1931 when at that time, The North Tower, designed by the firm Pearson and Darling, was the tallest building in the British Empire and today remains a historical Beaux-Arts jewel. The other three modern buildings, Commerce Court West, East and South, were designed by I.M. Pei, who is one of the most influential architects of modern era and recipient of numerous international awards including the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1983.
Today, the North Tower’s stunning vaulted gold-coffered ceiling and classic Art-Deco style remains a heritage building. With the other three modern buildings designed by Pei, with his understanding and foresight that buildings must be designed with an efficient floor plate so as to serve the practical needs of today and the unknown potential of the future, Commerce Court remains a marvel and showpiece in the heart of Toronto’s financial district - rich in tradition, focused on the future.
Commerce Court’s North Tower opened in 1931 and was later complemented by three modern towers, all designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei. Together the four buildings make up the Commerce Court complex which is actively managed to reflect the motto, “Rich in Tradition, Focused on the Future”, and is called home by numerous distinguished national and international companies.
“I want to bring out the best in a community and contribute something of permanent value.”
— I. M. Pei
Pei’s timeless, human design is evident in every detail of the complex; from the brilliant stainless steel exterior of Commerce Court West, to the expansive and inviting urban courtyard that unites a complex and invites a city, Commerce Court is a Canadian business and architectural icon.