Sunday, January 3, 2016

Paging Danny Ocean And A Few Crooks

"Okay, Rusty, this time we're going to hit four different national mints in four countries at the same time, but to pull it off, we're going to need nineteen other guys for the job. Oh, and we have to pin the whole thing on Terry Benedict. By the way, did you ever notice Benedict looks exactly like that actor Andy Garcia?" ~ Danny OceanOcean's Twenty One

The Royal Canadian Mint is located downtown on Sussex Drive. This building dates back to 1908, and has been designated a National Historic Site. Built in a Tudor Gothic style, it still sees production of commemorative coins, among other items. Most currency production today is done in Winnipeg. This building is open for public tours. I took these shots on the same day in late November for a post I made in December about brooding skies.

36 comments:

  1. The Royal Canadian Mint is a grand looking place, I think it looks more like a castle!

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  2. I get the impression that the flag is too high. It is only my opinion.

    Tomás.

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  3. Have you ever been inside it? What a cool building! And BTW love the quote!

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  4. looks like a castle!! very cool architecture. ( :

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  5. The building looks impenetrable and strong. Did you take pics inside?

    Janis
    GDP

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  6. Cool! I don't think I've seen it. I dated someone who worked there, when I was between husbands. 1996ish? He was brutal! He was laid off, too.

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  7. @Nancy: I imagine that was the intent.

    @Tomas: I can see that.

    @Tamera: the gag quote seemed appropriate! No, I have not been inside.

    @Marianne: I certainly thimk so.

    @Beth: I agree!

    @Janis: I will have to go in at some point.

    @Jennifer: it is close to the National Gallery.

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  8. You had me at "Danny Ocean."

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  9. It's very castle or fortress-like. And....attractive to look at.

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  10. Appropriate architecture for its original purpose! Incidentally, thanks for following me to México!

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  11. It looks like a castle! And happy new year William! Thanks for all your comments while I was away!

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  12. Like others, I thought it looks like a well kept up castle. I was looking for a protective moat and then I saw a substantial fence.

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  13. I would be very interested in taking a tour.

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  14. Looks like a castle and is well-guarded. Are those round things guard "shacks" in the first photo. It's beautiful, though!

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  15. @Norma: fortunately Mr. Ocean has heaps of charm!

    @Sharon: I will definitely have to get in there sometime.

    @Kate: the place does come across looking quite secure.

    @Ciel: thank you!

    @Red: and quite a high fence at that.

    @Marleen: I'll have to do so sometime.

    @Lowell: the gatehouses, yes. That's the main public entrance.

    @VP: it really does!

    @Linda: suitably so.

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  16. Awfully nice for a government building.

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  17. It's a very gorgeous building! Reminds me of scenes from medieval times :-)

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  18. It looks like a nice strong building - suitable for a mint!

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  19. cool building - and i like your movie plot. :)

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  20. An impressive building which seems to look more like a chateau or castle. It is almost intimidating.

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  21. @Janey: I've got a building coming up that I've featured before that has a similar castle thing going, and it's also a government building!

    @Tamago: the Tudor influence would do that, I imagine.

    @RedPat: definitely. I imagine the Winnipeg facility is very different, and all the more secure.

    @Tex: thank you!

    @Andy: it certainly is.

    @Gemma: that's true.

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  22. Reminds me a lot of our own old Smithsonian.

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  23. What a wonderful building, it looks like an old castle.

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  24. Not many of those castle-like buildings any more. The art museum in Hartford (the Wadsworth Atheneum) has its original wing in that style, and the armory in Massachusetts where I did some military service was similar.

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  25. I wondered where you were going until I read Danny Ocean. The building looks like it was built 200 years ago.

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  26. Beautiful! There is an old mint building in San Francisco that was a solid building like this but not nearly as big and detailed as this.

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  27. It's an impressive building William.. Looks good with the Canadian flag flying :)

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  28. I would love to wander about that place!

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  29. This buildning is really wonderful.

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  30. @Revrunner: we have a lot of this kind of architecture here.

    @Jan: I imagine that was deliberate by the architect.

    @Jack: the neighbouring building to it is also in the same style, and used to house the War Museum.

    @Mari: not that old, but it does evoke older architecture.

    @Kay: I really should go in sometime soon.

    @Grace: yes it does.

    @Carol: definitely!

    @EG: that it is.

    @Debs: I must do so.

    @Orvokki: that it is.

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