Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Architecture In Toronto

I still happened to have some shots from my trip down to southern Ontario in December and January; I thought I'd spend the remainder of the month getting those out of the way before moving onto other things. Yes, it's odd seeing snow for many of you this time of year, but I'm stretching it out as long as I can, hoping we see snow again in September. August if we're lucky. July if we're really lucky.

These two shots are in the same courtyard near the Royal Ontario Museum; they are buildings on the campus of the University of Toronto.



This is the skating rink at Nathan Phillips Square, in front of City Hall. Skaters were on it in late December when I took this shot. The dramatic looking building beyond it is the Old City Hall, now used for court purposes. Rumour has it, it's haunted.



36 comments:

  1. Have you ever considered moving to the far north? Nunavut, maybe, what with your love of winter and snow!

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  2. With respect to the snow, we are on the same page !

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  3. The buildings are beautiful and you can show me snow anytime. :-)

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  4. Haunts or no, wonderful skating rink!

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  5. Linda: it is!

    Hamilton: the vikings believed the world would end in a blanket of snow. That is a good thing.

    Stuart: good!

    Ciel: admittedly I am running low on winter pics at this point.

    Revrunner: it is a better angle without the new city hall in the background.

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  6. The vikings believed the world would end in a blanket of snow? Some of my ancestors were vikings..that explains my hatred of the white stuff!
    Jane x

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  7. Beautiful shots William. At least they are sunny shots.

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  8. beautiful and interesting about it being haunted! has your snow melted by now? and really, you could get snow in july?!

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  9. You have some really beautiful building there! They say that also our Town Hall is haunted...

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  10. I like the photo of the first building, the shadows of the tree gives it something special.

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  11. I'm not sure there are very many people who would share your idea of luck! :-)

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  12. I'm looking forward to seeing photos of the Tulip Festival. No snow!

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  13. @Jane and Chris: I know, I'll be impossible to live with in the heat of the summer.

    @Luis: it was definitely a sunny day that day.

    @Tanya: aside from some snow in shady spots, it's gone. And since records were kept, Ottawa has had measurable snow in every month but July.

    @Tex: thank you!

    @VP: if it's been there a long time, it's almost to be expected!

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Sharon: I know, I'm silly that way.

    @Norma: from the look of the tulips, they might be a week later in blooming. Gives me time to get a few other things out of the way in early May.

    @Mari: they are!

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  14. Nice pix but snow in July? No!!!!

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  15. So beautiful. I'm trying to think of where I would like to haunt, if I were a ghost. The pretty scene might keep one hanging around that City Hall.

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  16. Newer structure just cannot compare to the character of the old. Lovely.

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  17. Yeah you want snow in July as much as the duck wants the pond frozen.
    Beautiful buildings. MB

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  18. Beautiful architecture and cool contrast to the buildings in the back.

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  19. Interesting shots. That Victorian castle style was popular so briefly and it's certainly distinctive.

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  20. I think you're probably in the minority right now about missing snow. Wait until the heat of summer and you'll have more believers.
    Beautiful buildings! If often seems that old, atmospheric ones are reputedly haunted. Perhaps to make them even more interesting?

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  21. Marvelous old buildings. I love their architecture a lot more than I do modern buildings. I also like snow :)

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  22. Super architecture and a big thumbs up to any shots that include snow. They are fab!

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  23. @Cheryl: the snow would be very welcome in July!

    @Judy: I should have a look inside that old city hall sometime at the interior, see if I can find any ghosties...

    @RamblingRound: I'm not a fan at all of that current city hall!

    @MB: can you imagine making snow forts in July?

    @Jose: thank you!

    @Linda: it's a beautiful architectural style.

    @RedPat: we can still get more of it!

    @Kay: they do seem to attract spectral stories, don't they?

    @Denise: snow is much more refreshing than summer. Particularly on a hot summer day filled with humidity.

    @Marleen: I've always thought so!

    @Lauren: at this point, I am running out of snow pics!

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  24. I like the shadow play in the top shot.

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  25. Wonderful shots. I grew up in TO. I haven't been back for a bit!

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  26. I love your photos. And I really love your comments that you make in our CDP community. You are a great blogger. I don't always get to comment back, but appreciate your visits. You are one of the best!

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  27. I like seeing the snow. I had to turn on my air conditioning today after going for a walk, so our spring is rapidly becoming summer. Those buildings are beautiful. I especially like the one in the second shot!

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  28. The shadows on the front of the top building create a most unusual pattern.

    Snow? Sorry, William, I have seen enough for one lifetime. You can have it.

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  29. Beautiful buildings!

    I suspect that you're living in the right place, as much as you love snow.

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  30. When we cisited the okd and new city hall buildings last Sept, there was no snow and no ice skating. I think the old city hall was much more appealing.

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  31. I just love Toronto's varied architecture! When we spent three weeks there, I was rubbernecking the entire time! Say what you will about them, I also like the new ROM and city hall. :)

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