At the relatively early hour of 9:30 am I had completed my downtown walking tour of Art Deco buildings. Last on the list was a visit to the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant: a set of Art Deco Buildings responsible for a large portion of Toronto’s water supply.
This complex first came to my attention when rewatching episodes of The Pretender. This was supposed to be the ominous “Centre”. Note that if you’re a fan of Art Deco the set decoration of the offices in The Pretender is worth a look.
This complex is rarely open to the public, so I really wanted to visit it during the Doors Open Toronto weekend. The streetcar took me nearly all the way there. On my walk down the driveway I began happily snapping away.
The day was bright and windy, making for great pictures of the lake in the background. You might even be able to see some of the little sailboats out there.
I traipsed around grinning happily and talking to many of the staff who were there to explain bits & pieces about the buildings and how things work. I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
It really was worth the wait to get to see these buildings. I couldn’t have asked for a better day for photos and I’m just thrilled with the results. Now I need to take the time to go over all of my pictures again and figure out how that’s going to tie in to my next round of knitting patterns. It’ll all take time, but I’m all fired up and ready to go.