Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Beaux-Arts Beauty

The National Research Council is marking its centennial this year, and as part of Doors Open, what is rightly described as the Temple of Science was open for visitors. The building is in the Beaux-Arts style, designed and built not just as a place of scientific research, but as a work of art in its own right. It was completed in 1932, and designed by architect Henry Sproatt. While I didn't go on a tour, I did go on in. The central stairs really caught my eye.

28 comments:

  1. You've shown some beautiful buildings today and yesterday, built around the same time. They both have such a sense of permanence. I'm not sure you can say the same about many of today's structures.

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  2. I really dig that cool building William

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  3. Serious and elegant building !

    Tomás.

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  4. Impressive building, I like those rounding stairs.

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  5. bokeh happens again! interesting message. wonder how the folks do in making sure that happens? ( :

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  6. Very impressive William. I like those stairs and the long hallway.

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  7. @Kay: you can't.

    @Cloudia: it is a work of art.

    @Tomas: it is.

    @Marianne: I found them pleasing.

    @Beth: they are good words to live by.

    @Bill: thanks!

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  8. It is pretty fabulous William, the marble (?) staircase is very impressive.

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  9. That's quite an impressive building, William, I like those stair and that long shining hall.

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  10. I love the idea of a National Research Council!

    Janis
    GDP

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  11. @Tex: it is.

    @Grace: it looked like marble to me.

    @Norma: I certainly thought so.

    @Jan: I did as well.

    @Janis: it's a good thing to have around.

    @Karl: this one's built to last.

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  12. When I was a little girl, I used to love staircases like that. If all was quiet, I'd glide down the stairs like I was royalty.

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  13. I too loved staircases. To me they looked pretty fairy tale like. At some stairs. I would imagine that Cinderella would be coming down them when she already had the glass slipper. Sort of not true. I think when the Prince put the slipper on. He then whisked her to the pumpkin chariot to the ball till the stroke of Midnight. Then boom she was back to the little ragged girl. So I admire the stairs.

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  14. Very grand and impressive building.

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  15. Quite a imposing structure! Love those stairs! The phrase, "Temple of Science," got my attention.. talk about an oxymoron!

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  16. He designed so many buildings at U of Toronto and you can really see his style shining through in them all. Wonderful, William.

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  17. Wow! The really spared no expense on that staircase.

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  18. @Sharon: I doubt that happens here!

    @Carolann: it does have that sensibility.

    @Nancy: it's a beauty!

    @Lowell: true, but it fits.

    @Linda: thanks, it is.

    @RedPat: that doesn't surprise me, having had spent some time around that campus.

    @Revrunner: they didn't!

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  19. Great building and a great institution.You gave a good tour of the outside with some good photos.

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  20. I can see a murder-mystery go on here!

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  21. Yeah, I've got a few things I'd like to run by the members of our Supreme Court as well. :-)

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  22. Yeah, I've got a few things I'd like to run by the members of our Supreme Court as well. :-)

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  23. That was a good era for architecture. Nice.

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