The Sharp Centre for Design, 100 McCaul Street, is a fine example of how to expand a college campus without obliterating older buildings and disrupting classes. The Centre is part of the Ontario College of Art and Design – which inhabits a postage stamp sized piece of land downtown. English architect Will Alsop developed the brilliant idea of installing a rectangular 2-storey “box”, atop coloured, 26 metre tall columns. The “box” contains art studios, lecture theatre and exhibition…
The Distillery District is a TORONTO gem, spread over ten streets and 13 acres (52,000 square metres). It’s the largest Victorian era collection of industrial architecture in North America. Within the District are more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets. The Gooderham and Worts Distillery was founded in 1832, and by the late 1860’s was the largest distillery in the world. Along with neighbouring factories, the railway, and the Don River, this was the industrial heart of TORONTO
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, adjacent to New City Hall, is a heritage building and the centre of legal activity in Ontario. The Law Society of Upper Canada set itself up here in 1829, when the surroundings were more rural than urban. The name Osgoode Hall honours William Osgoode, the first Chief Justice of the province.
The Grange (foreground), Art Gallery of Ontario (background). The Grange is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city, built in original home of the Art Museum of Toronto. It’s our oldest remaining brick house.