My Toronto Art Deco Trip – part 4

(continuing on from part 1part 2, and part 3 of my trip to Toronto)

From Commerce Court North I went to look at the Canada Permanent Trust Company Building at 320 Bay. Apparently it has (had?) some wonderful elevators, but that wasn’t something I could check out before 9am on a Saturday.

The tone of this building is generally more classical than a lot of the Art Deco buildings, but there are some interesting foliage motifs, among others.

I nipped down Adelaide to get some shots of the Concourse Building (100 Adelaide W.). Having seen a recent article that the demolition permit for this building was ready, I was glad to get a chance to record the elements of this building in their current state. Note the demolition sign in the entrance window.

The mosaics were created by J.E.H. MacDonald (of the Group of Seven) and his son Thoreau.

I moved on to another great building: what is now The Bay. Originally, it was Simpsons, and it competed with the large Eaton’s store at College Street that I looked earlier. The 1929 addition to this building was done by Chapman & Oxley and has some great features.

My last stop before boarding a streetcar was the Victory Building at 80 Richmond W. I like how you can see the texture of the spandrels when looking up.

Tune in next time, when I finally show you my pictures from the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, which was the building I’d waited more than a year to see in person. It was worth the wait!

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2 Responses to My Toronto Art Deco Trip – part 4

  1. kmkat says:

    Your first building above, the Canada Permanent Trust Company, looks a lot like the building I worked in from 1982 to 1989 in downtown Minneapolis — the Rand Tower, although it was known as the Dain Tower at that time.

    Check it out:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rand_Tower
    http://www.randtower.com/

  2. Nannie says:

    You did an amazing job!
    x x x