Category Archives: history

Saving The Water Works

Our recent travels on the Trans-Canada Trail took us to Penetanguishene – pronounced Pen-ah-tang-gwish-een – where we made a rather interesting find. It was a cute old building with the windows and doors replaced with large photographs – I’m assuming … Continue reading

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Jail Time

No, I didn’t break the 11th Commandment of “Thou Shalt Not Get Caught”. This past weekend was Doors Open Toronto, a popular event when participating organizations open their doors to the public for tours.  I had time to visit only one location this … Continue reading

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Behind Closed Doors

I was downtown recently and since I was in the neighbourhood, I decided to pop into Old City Hall.  I wrote about this 1899 heritage building back in February 2016, but I hadn’t gone inside and considered that a serious omission. Rumours … Continue reading

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More To Chew On

For the second week in a row, I’m doing a Thursday Doors sequel.  This time I’m taking you back to the WM Wrigley Jr building I featured at the end of March. As bloggers, we often comment on this amazing community … Continue reading

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Doors, Ghosts, and More

To followup on my post earlier this week about the Winter Garden Theatre, today I’m featuring the interior doors and doorways of its main floor sister, the Elgin. She’s an elegant Grand Dame, faithfully restored to her former glory … save … Continue reading

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From Vaudeville to TIFF

In downtown Toronto there stands the last operating Edwardian stacked theatre in the world.  The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres were built in 1913, eventually sank into B-movie obscurity, and then underwent a major restoration in the 1980s. I had … Continue reading

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Back to School

When I go on an excursion to look-up Toronto’s heritage buildings, I take one of two approaches.  It is either planned as a precision military-like operation with a map of addresses strategically laid out, … or I wing it. Today’s … Continue reading

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Even When It’s Not Planned

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 … Continue reading

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Discovering More Yorkville

My recent stroll into Yorkville produced a number of great door finds and today I’m featuring a few more them. Right next door to the heritage Fire Hall I featured last week, is this gem built in 1906 in what was … Continue reading

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In A Yorkville State of Mind

In my last post, I traveled downtown to the Ice Fest in Yorkville, but I had an ulterior motive in venturing into this area. On my list of Toronto heritage buildings, there were several in the Yorkville area that I wanted to … Continue reading

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