Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Views Of The Aberdeen Pavilion

When I took my photos for the theme day this month, I was walking down this pathway at Lansdowne Park from Bank Street. The Aberdeen Pavilion, named for a Governor-General at the time, is at the far end. As I noted back in March, despite the assurances of the brain trust at OSEG, the retail and arena components on either side do intrude on the sightlines of the pavilion, which is original to the site in its days as an exhibition ground.

Getting up closer, though, one can take a picture of the grand place without all that nonsense OSEG has built intruding on the shot. The Aberdeen Pavilion is still a jewel. 


  1. I like your gem too. Despite the tacky new setting

    ALOHA from Honolulu,

  2. It's quite an amazing building. Despite its new neighbors, at least it's still there. I can think of many that were bulldozed.

  3. It looks really nice. Love the shape of the building.

  4. It's a beautiful building. If I would see it overhere in the Netherlands, I would think it's used as a manege or a riding school for horses.

  5. I agree with the unusual shape, and agree with Jan, about it being a place where horses are trained.

  6. The shooting angle meant I really could ignore the glass boxes!
    Jane x

  7. Interesting architecture, William, something new for me...

  8. Such an attractive building. I like the way it's framed on either side.

  9. @Cloudia: at least now it's possible to get to it again. After a couple of years of it being cut off because of construction, I wondered if I'd ever step inside again.

    @Kay: I'm sure OSEG would have loved to get rid of it and build a Wal-Mart.

    @Tomas: I certainly think so.

    @Halcyon: it has such a distinctive look to it.

    @Stefan: thank you!

    @Jan: given that one of its uses was for agricultural exhibition shows, that seems to fit.

    @Marianne: it's the oldest surviving hall of its particular kind in North America.

    @Gill: It is something that I can see in it too.

    @Luis: and at least now its future is secured.

    @Jane and Chris: the glass boxes are a travesty, not that OSEG will ever admit it.

    @Karl: it tends to be very rare here these days- most of the buildings like this ended up getting torn down on the continent.

    @Tex: I do think so.

    @Sharon: it makes for a pleasing photographing subject.

  10. Very nice, William, I love the angle of your first shot! :)

  11. You make a good case. All of this is new to me as all I ever heard was Landsdowne park being a football stadium. since I don't follow football any more I guess I missed Landsdowne park being demolished.

  12. Strange, unusual, in its own way fascinating!

  13. The pavilion is really a jewel. Such pretty shape and lovely color!

  14. Nice photos . I like different shaped buildings makes them interesting ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  15. It most definitely would look better without the modern buildings on either side of the street.

  16. @Linda: thank you!

    @Red: at the time the football stadium was one component of the whole, as it is now. They did rebuild and refurbish the stadium, and of course rename it for the corporate brand from the bank. TD Place seems to be more important in terms of signage than Lansdowne. I find myself wondering how long the football team will last.

    @VP: thank you!

    @Tamago: it's still a pleasure to see it.

    @Country Gal: thank you!

    @Janet: unfortunately the city just handed the place over to these developers for the rest of their natural lives to profit off of. And now it's too late to set it right, with everything built.

  17. At least it's still standing in what looks to be good condition. As you said yourself, too many places merely bulldoze and move on. "Out with the old and in with the new." Here in the USA, we have a whole TV program about one woman's crusade to rehab old houses, many of which are scheduled for the wrecking ball. It's called Rehab Addict. She took on the whole city council in Minneapolis (I think) to try and save a house. Unfortunately, she lost, but not without a fight and the determination to not let it happen again. BTW--neat photos!

  18. It's a very attractive building, used for what? I'm trying to decode OSEG (Old Stupid Eclectic Goofballs?)

  19. It's so beautiful. I like the pavement. And you'll have to admit that there are reflection opportunities on the right...

  20. An interesting looking building and I love its architecture.

  21. Wonderful building William, not sure of the 'style' ?

  22. @RedPat: thanks!

    @Susan: it was designated a heritage site some thirty odd years ago, so it's not going anywhere.

    @Lowell: at present, it's particularly used for the farmer's market in winter, but also exhibits, gatherings, and that sort of thing through the year.

    @Norma: It's in a Victorian exhibition hall style, apparently.

    @Ciel: I hadn't noticed until today- and then there's the statue in front to the left which casts an interesting shadow!

    @Shelly: I think so.

    @Denise: it's a stand out building.

    @Geoff: Late Victorian era, what was once a common exhibition hall style. Not many of them left though.

  23. The other buildings are a distraction and do not fit in with the architect. What were they thinking?

  24. Both the architecture and the colour make it an attractive building.

  25. What a wonderful façade! Love the building.

  26. Beautiful building! You're right re sides!

  27. @Mari: developers think only of the money they can make, and city politicians only think of the tax dollars they can pull in. I've slowly gotten used to it, but I'd have preferred a different approach.

    @Jennifer: it could have been quite different.

    @Randy: it's a beautiful one.

    @Marleen: it does!

    @Orvokki: I think so.

    @Jose: so do I.

    @Cheryl: thanks!

    @Whisk: it's a good shade of yellow.