Monday, August 12, 2019

Older And Newer

Carrying on with where I left off yesterday. The Canada Life Building was built between 1929-31 as a headquarters for the insurance company. It is in the Beaux-Arts style.

Historic plaques caught my eye as I went along the street, including this one.

This house stands nearby. Campbell House dates to 1822 in the Georgian style, and was moved here to its present location. It was built for Upper Canada Chief Justice William Campbell and his wife, and today houses a local history museum.

On the grounds outside Campbell House are stone fragments of old Toronto, derived from buildings being demolished back in the 1960s and 1970s.

A short walk away I took in a good viewpoint of a newer iconic piece of architecture, the CN Tower. This view is from Queen Street, one of the larger east-west streets in this part of the city.

Heading back the way I came, this building caught my eye. The Rex is a jazz and blues club along Queen.


  1. Wonderful post. I loved the time I was able to visit Toronto. Everyone was so lovely to me.
    I want the first fond in your lost and found. Fabulous !

  2. Lost & Found.
    Here I often see a glove or a kid´s cap, little toy or such on a fence.
    You have an other dimension of lost & found there!
    I love both.

  3. So many great buildings to see. Have a great new week!

  4. Is the Canada Life building an insurance company?
    It reminds me of the one in Greensboro built about that time. Maybe lots of cities were getting them.
    Love the man in the door in the last photo.


  5. When I worked I was in Toronto several times a week. If I never go again it will be too soon!

  6. ...I wonder how long it will be before the Rex becomes a high rise?

  7. Wonderful scenes from Toronto! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead.

  8. I recognise lots of the sights from Pat's blog William, the CN Tower is such a landmark ✨

  9. @Catarina: it's quite a city.

    @Parsnip: thanks!

    @Iris: this is a bigger scale!

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Janis: yes it is.

    @David: I'll go through from time to time.

    @Marie: it's been years since I've been up it.

    @Tom: I hope not. The place looks like it has character.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Grace: that it is.

  10. I like those classic old benches best!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  11. Thanks for sharing these snippets of Toronto city...I chuckled at the line of motorcycles...probably a watering hole. The historic building is interesting, as well as the attempt to capture fragments of old architecture. But the decorative pieces are not the same as a well proportioned old building....assuming it had been built with some artistic meaning in the first place.

  12. I remember when they moved Campbell House to that location - it was quite a production.

  13. That building in the first photo is very imposing.

  14. There's a lot to see even if one is looking at old buildings.

  15. While new is good I do like the older style buildings

  16. Wonderful photos
    If we could be a building, what style represents us most? I like the jazz club.

  17. The building fragments are a remarkable sight.

  18. Great photos of those great buildings.

  19. There is nothing quite older architecture. The insurance company headquarters was a magnificent example of a style that sadly is not seen much. I wondered if the company still uses the building or what it is used for today.

  20. Toronto is quite the city to walk around and see.
    I like it!

  21. @Jennifer: it's good that they're held onto.

    @Barbara: when the old buildings were first put up, they had style. There were a series of photographs in New City Hall of a building that had been demolished at the site for a parking garage entrance when the Hall was being erected. It's a shame- that place had character.

    @RedPat: that's what I've heard.

    @Sharon: I think so too.

    @Red: that's true.

    @MB: me too.

    @Maywyn: I do too.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Marleen: they are.

    @Italiafinlandia: it is.

    @Happyone: thank you!

    @Beatrice: yes, it's still used by the company today, and the company has put up additions in the same area.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Bill: so do I.

  22. I remember one quite liquid night many years ago when I ventured into Old Town Toronto and encountered a motorcycle gang that did not appreciate my innocent question if they were similar to the Hell's Angels down in the states. Ah, yes, the naivete of a young man.

  23. So interesting to see how the buildings have changed over the years. :-)

  24. More of Toronto than I've seen. Thanks.

  25. Some nice places to see on a walking tour.

  26. I love the architecture and the fragments and the CN tower with motorcycle and...

  27. Wonderful architectural shots!

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  28. The Campbell house looks quite beautiful and I loved the bench. Did you go to CN Tower? Maybe I'll have to wait and see!

  29. @Catalyst: oh boy!

    @DJan: they have indeed.

    @Joanne: you're welcome.

    @Kay: there are, yes.

    @Cloudia: so do I.

    @Carol: very much so.

    @Jeanie: I did not go up the tower. Perhaps next time.