Monday, April 18, 2016

The Lantern

A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme day for May 1st is Smell.

Here we have a look out from the third floor balcony through the framed arch to the Queens' Lantern.

Going into the Lantern again, there are a number of panels on the building, its history, and the collections it has housed. The fact that former prime minister Wilfred Laurier lay in state here after his death was notable; it's suggested by some that his ghost still haunts these halls.

Moving down to the second level, stained glass caught my eye. Down on the second floor, this part of the Lantern is open, and used for various activities. The museum can be used for private occasions, such as weddings. A plaque can be found down here as well, unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010, and so the Lantern is named in honour of both Victoria and Elizabeth.


  1. As we learn everything you tell us ... we will make outstanding on a test about it.


  2. Super series of posts from the Nature Museum William, beautiful window shots!

  3. That haunting spirit intrigues me....

  4. A fascinating place. Love the stairs and I'd like to talk to the ghost(s)! They always have such spooky things to say.

  5. @Cloudia: you're welcome

    @Tomas: hopefully!

    @Grace: thanks!

    @Marianne: there are at least a couple of ghost stories here.

    @Lowell: one wonders when they show up.

  6. Very interesting building. Someday, your posts will serve as archives! Great work.


  7. neat stairs! reminds me of a movie? ( ;

  8. You find all these historic places. We really must get downtown soon!

  9. Gothic castle? Now I know why it looks so fancy. The addition certainly adds a new style with lots of light.

  10. I love that plaque that was unveiled by the Queen at the dedication.

  11. Especially love the stained glass...find it fascinating... as I'm also drawn to kaleidoscopes.

  12. @Janis: thanks!

    @Beth: the staircases in the Lantern really stand out to me.

    @Jennifer: this museum in particular is really worth coming to see.

    @Red: it does have quite a number of architectural influences.

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Sharon: it stands out well- and is even reflective. I was outside when she and the Duke were here- when they left by car, the car passed me by a few feet, and I could clearly see both of them. That's likely the closest I'll ever come to the Royals.

    @Linda: stained glass always appeals to me.

  13. Love the framed arch and pretty stained glass.

  14. Wow, those stained glasses are so pretty!

  15. Smell is going to be an interesting subject for a visual medium.

  16. I was a bit behind so enjoyed looking over these post on the museum of nature. Very interesting structure.

  17. The stained glass is a beautiful creation. Love the shaping. And the framed arch is most appealing too.

  18. The first shot is great, I love the stained glass and the stairs are interesting architecture. I like!

  19. I agree, the stained glass is lovely.

  20. @Nancy: I do too.

    @Tamago: I'm a sucker for stained glass!

    @Halcyon: I've already taken some shots for the occasion- since the tulip festival is coming up, tulip beds seem appropriate!

    @Pamela: it is a wonderful museum.

    @Gemma: when they renovated this place, they did wonderful work.

    @Ciel: the architecture firm that was involved in the refit really knew what they were doing. I think, if memory serves, it was a firm I've featured here before.

    @RedPat: indeed.

    @Revrunner: it is.

  21. Quite a place William, old architecture, stained glass, ghosts, and a very modern looking staircase in the final shot...fantastic...

  22. what a great place this is! and thanks for the reminder!

  23. I especially like your last shot. Interesting lines.
    "Smell?!?" Now that's one heck of a challenge!

  24. The stained glass is just beautiful.

  25. I agree with Grace. Beautiful window shots!

  26. Doesn't look haunted at all! Beautiful "Lantern"!

  27. Lovely windows, awesome stair shot! I think "smell" is going to be a hard topic to depict.

  28. Lovely windows indeed. I am partial to window taking.

    Yours are great.

  29. Thanks for the reminder of the May theme!

  30. @Geoff: or more than one ghost!

    @Mari: that's true.

    @Tanya: you're welcome.

    @Lois: so do I.

    @Kay: and some of this year's themes are challenges too.

    @Gunn: that it is.

    @Norma: thank you.

    @Cheryl: that it is.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Carolann: I am as well.

    @Kate: you're welcome.

    @Whisk: quite so.