I didn’t have a post planned for today’s Thursday Doors.
I had an appointment this afternoon in my old neighbourhood in Greektown and the next thing I knew, I was searching through the area for heritage buildings. That usually means great doors can be expected.
I found several wonderful old industrial buildings during my impromptu tour, but today I’m going to share Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute which was built in 1922.
I developed a fascination with this high school when I moved into the neighbourhood back in the late 1980s. It is a behemoth of a building and what’s not to love about a school which has a pair of towers flanking the entrance way.
According to Wikipedia, there have been extensions added onto the school in every decade since it was originally built.
The result is a building of imposing presence in a neighbourhood of small semi-detached homes. It is said to have 3 gymnasiums, a swimming pool, a huge 1920s auditorium, and a maze-like basement with sections restricted from the student body. That restricted area is rumoured to include a bomb shelter and rifle range.
Sadly, I can’t help but worry that the future of Danforth Tech may be in question. The facility can accommodate over 2,100 students, yet in 2017 enrollment is less than 900.
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