Thursday Doors – Riding The Curl

This week I’m featuring two buildings chosen because I was attracted to their rounded features.  My muse continues to play hide-and-seek with me and I just can’t seem to find words to knit together into a story, so the photos will need to tell their own story.

1908 – Former Imperial Bank of Canada, now the entrance to a condo tower.  Photo Jan 2017

My understanding is that on the floor of the lobby of this condo is a mosaic from the original building containing the initials IBC (Imperial Bank of Canada).


I know this doorway isn’t rounded, but I couldn’t ignore it.

I don’t know what the purpose was for this particular Chamber door, but on another building a few blocks away that also had a “Chamber” door, I found a plaque that suggested a clue.  It seems that the upper floor above the bank were used as meeting rooms for the early township council.

York is a former municipality within the current city of Toronto
1906 Convocation Hall, University of Toronto.  Photo taken Aug 2016

Convocation Hall has a seating capacity of over 1,700 and serves as a venue for major events.

Convocation Hall – Aug 2016

Thursday Doors is weekly photo feature hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.


  1. Joanne, just imagine how plain and boring the Imperial Bank building would be if the corner was just a simple 90 degree corner. The rounded corner, which only adds a bit of additional work and materials, increases the appeal of the building immensely. I’m not sure who the first architect was to recognize this technique and style, but that person deserves a medal. ~James


    • I agree completely! Not only does adding a ‘turret’ onto a building increase its appeal for me, but putting the doorway on the corner is always going to be a big win by my standards!


  2. Your muse seems to be doing pretty well my friend. I’m thinking you could do a walking tour gig on the side. My goodness you certainly must be an expert at finding every kind of building. Seriously I bet in summer it could be quite a busy job. Not that you are necessarily looking for one. 🙂


  3. The wooden doors are always the ones that call to me. I especially like the one under “Chambers” but wouldn’t like to be the postman who has to slide the mail through that slot which is down way too low. Oh his aching back.


  4. Love how you anticipate our questions. I saw the door marked “Chambers” and thought, Chambers? You, of course, had the answer!

    It astonishes me to see the design and construction efforts that went into the older buildings – especially those with curves – or maybe I’m wrong in assuming that curves are trickier than straight lines. Either way, I’m glad that they built ’em that way, I’m glad that the shell has been preserved, and I’m glad that you shared some excellent shots with us.

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  5. I love the classical style of buildings, those rounded walls, columns and capitals and the lovely copper domed roof (well I can’t quite see if there is one here, but there might be!)


  6. I happen to be a huge fan of round buildings and houses. So much more fun than square ones. Tricky perhaps in a house with regards to furniture placement, but that’s part of the fun.

    The first house we built in Nicaragua had not a straight corner. Everything was rounded. From kitchen counter toos, doorways, doors, sides of pool etc.

    The former Imperial bank is my favorite.

    Love your architectural posts that make me notice all sorts of details.


    • Thanks Peta. I love rounded features and I imagine that your home in Nicaragua was a pretty cool place to live in. It has a softer and gentler look so I would expect it to have a calming effect.


  7. I actually stopped and admired a door while out and about, even telling Susan it was only right and proper to bask in it’s doorness because it was Thursday. What have you done to me? ; )


  8. The curved buildings of the bank and convocation hall are splendid and their roundness makes curves of “smiles” appear, Joanne.
    I liked the banks wooden doors with the curved wooden frames on the top half of each door! Cobalt blue door framework is anothet big “plus,” in my mind!


    • That’s what I’m deciding too, Tess. I prefer to see these relics from the past incorporated into new buildings. It’s just not realistic to assume that these old buildings sitting on prime real estate – with their outdated plumbing and electrical – aren’t going to get swallowed up. When it’s done respectfully, I’m happy.

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  9. I love round window areas, always hoped to have one myself one day. What a great place to have a desk, a chair or a table to overlook and see more than you normally would. It must feel like being surrounded by the outside, while being sheltered inside. Great buildings…all of them.


  10. So, it looks like they left the skeleton of the old building wrapped around the condo? It’s nice that they didn’t demolish the whole thing. Your muse will come back (maybe it’s hanging out on a beach somewhere sipping daiquiris with my muse ) but, in the meantime, I am enjoying your pictures!

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    • My muse has been MIA for a few months now. If she is on a beach somewhere without me, I’m going to be really annoyed when she returns!!

      I’m starting to notice more and more high rises that have been built on top of and around old heritage buildings. This is one of them. I think it’s cool that they’ve preserved the facade and the lobby.

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  11. Oh my. So grand. Excellent choices, great doors, no muse required. Perhaps you’re reflecting on the circle of life, or the curve balls you’ve been thrown. Regardless I hope the roundness you’ve captured lends to a sense of smooth grace 🙂


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