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Architecture of Toronto

26 January 2012

1911 – Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario

Architect: E.J. Lennox In 1911, armed with a fortune of $17 million, Sir Henry Pellatt, a Torontonian business man drew up plans with Canadian architect E.J. Lennox to build his dream castle. The...

26 January 2011

1913 – Bank of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

A thirteen floor tower was later constructed on top.

11 December 2009

1913 – Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres, Toronto, Ontario

Architect: Thomas Lamb The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres are the last surviving Edwardian stacked theatres in the world. The pair were originally built as the centrepiece of Marcus Loew’s theatre chain in...

11 December 2009

1927 – Union Station, Toronto, Ontario

Architect: Ross, Macdonald, Jones & Lyle Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, it was the largest and most opulent station erected in Canada – the facade is more than 230 metres long. Its centre-piece...

11 December 2009

1931 – Canada Life, Toronto, Ontario

Architects: Sproatt & Rolph Originally designed to be taller, but the Great Depression ended those plans, the Canada Life building is a fine structure in a stripped down classicism. In 1950, the insurance...

07 March 2012

1931 – Canadian Bank of Commerce Tower, Toronto

Architect: Darling & Pearson At the time of its completion the Canadian Bank of Commerce Building, 25 King Street West, dominated the Toronto skyline at 34-storeys. For three decades until 1962, it was...

11 December 2009

1931 – Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario

Architect: Ross & Macdonald The Gardens was built by Leafs managing director Conn Smythe in a six-month period during 1931 at a cost of $1.5 million. The site was purchased from The T....

11 December 2009

1935 – Dominion Public Building, Toronto, Ontario

The Dominion Public Building, to the east of Union Station, was originally built as the customs house for Toronto. Its curved front provides an impressive approach to the station. It is still a...

11 December 2009

1937 – Toronto Stock Exchange, Toronto, Ontario

Architect: George & Moorhouse The original Toronto Stock Exchange with its magnificent Art Deco interior has been preserved under the massive Toronto Dominion Bank Tower by Mies van der Rohe. The facade combines...