Posts Tagged: historic buildings

consumers’ gas building

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The Consumers' Gas Building, Toronto Street, Toronto.  Now, the Rosewater Supper Club.

frontism

This is how they "preserve" beautiful old buildings in Toronto.  They destroy everything but the front, which is then stuck on the front of a glass tower.  Seeing it at this stage is more than a little sad, to me; if only because this practice seems to occur at an unfettered rate.  I was told the city consistently rejects these kinds of projects, and the Ontario Municipal Board consistently overrules the city.  I can't verify the veracity of that fact, but based on what I have heard about the OMB over many years, I'm inclined to believe it.

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Richmond Street at Peter, Toronto

when buildings weren’t named for corporations

It's August and as I seem to do every August, I grab hold of summer with the strongest arms I can muster and threaten to never let go.  It calls me outside, August.  Fortunately, I have the kind of job where I can get up and go for short walks throughout the day as I need to. 

The Graphic Arts Building is around the corner from my office.   I always stop to admire its imposing classical features.  It's been converted to lofts; unlike so many other historical buildings in the city, it wasn't merely preserved as a "front" to a tower behind it.  It's refreshing to see the five storey thing there amidst all the towers in the surrounding financial district.

I would like to live in a building like that.

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