Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Doors Not Quite Open At The Embassy

I stopped by the Armenian Embassy during my Doors Open wanderings. It was on the list for Doors Open destinations, though in fact the door was locked. Perhaps the schedule had it listed for both weekend days, but it had only been open on the Saturday. At any rate, I've been inside before, and it is beautiful. Tomorrow  I have something else for the theme day, but I'll be back into Doors Open posts shortly thereafter.


  1. It's a pretty building in any case!

  2. This is a very beautiful building.

  3. It is a very good representation.


  4. Looking at the outside, it seems to be a nice building.

  5. I am surprised to see there are no guards, in Amsterdam it is a bastion with fences and dutch police in a cabin outside the fences.

  6. I'm with Afanja. It is beautiful on the outside. And interesting that there are no guards. It is fun to learn about other cities and countries and embassies and ways of embassies.


  7. I thought I read American not Armenian!! As I was going to say no way would the American one be open!!! It is a lovely looking place.

  8. That's an attractive place to work.

  9. I like your idea of doors quite open...

  10. I like the 'Open Door' tour and scrolled through all the ones I missed. Thanks for showing us. I would like to see the inside of this embassy.

  11. There must be an interesting history to this house as it's a unique design.

  12. @Halcyon: it is. It's a Spanish Colonial dating back to 1908.

    @Orvokki: I've always thought so, and the sculpture out front stands out strongly.

    @Tomas: it is, yes.

    @Revrunner: so do I.

    @Jan: and it's beautiful inside too.

    @Marianne: it depends on the embassy here. Something like the American embassy, for instance, is well secured. This one, or the Hungarian embassy, which wasn't on the schedule this year, are not, at least not obviously.

    @Janis: one of the things I love about living in the city is having places like this close at hand.

    @Gill: oh, no, the American embassy is very different!

  13. @Tanya: not when I turned up. It must have been a scheduling thing.

    @Sharon: I certainly think so.

    @Karl: it really is.

    @VP: so do I.

    @MB: you're welcome!

    @Red: it's been a diplomatic residence on previous occasions, and back in the day underwent renovations at the directions of a noted area architect.

    @Linda: I always have too. It's very distinctive. We don't see many Spanish Colonial designs here.

  14. I also read American at first!!
    Yes, here in Toronto some buildings are only open one day or the other, which I hate as it makes it difficult to choose.

  15. 'Tis a grand old place, and I shall look forward to seeing more of it!

  16. I've never seen it. Thanks for the viewing.

  17. It's a lovely building, very elegant.

  18. It does look a nice looking building. I wonder if embassies open their doors here? I'll have to check that out.

    Thank you very much for leaving a cheery message for my father-in-law. He remains in hospital but we are hopeful that he will be going home next week.

  19. Those darned Armenians! Guess they didn't want people tracking dirt into their lovely embassy!

  20. I love the wrap around porches!

  21. Oh shame, I've of idea about Armenian decor...

  22. @Jackie: it can be problematic, particularly if a lot of those open days are on the same day.

    @Lowell: I've always found this one quite photogenic.

    @Judy: thank you!

    @Birdman: you're welcome.

    @Ciel: it certainly is.

    @Marleen: I think so too.

    @Denise: it's a good idea to show other cities the Doors Open Ontario website, to give them an idea of the benefits of a weekend like this.

    @Cheryl: I think it comes down to a glitch in the schedule.

    @RedPat: so did I.

    @Geoff: it's a part of the world many people overlook.

  23. It is a beautiful building. I like those porches too!

  24. An impressive building. Not often have I seen public buildings like this in a pale shade of yellow. Quite unique.

  25. @Beth: they certainly are.

    @Lois: Spanish Colonial's a style I like.

    @Mari: quite so!

    @Deb: it really is.

    @Gemma: that shade works on this style of architecture.

  26. The Armenians have a fine embassy. I wonder if the Americans have an embassy as un-secure anywhere in the world.

  27. A different take: Doors Locked. Too bad. But at least you had a chance to visit last year. The sculpture in particular looks familiar.

  28. I like the look of the building. What a shame the doors were locked.

  29. @Jack: their embassy here takes it seriously.

    @Randy: I think so.

    @Kay: yes, and it's been awhile since I've photographed the building, but not so long since I last passed by it.

    @EG: it happens, unfortunately.

    @Whisk: so do I.