Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Harbord Collegiate


This is one of the wonderful entrance doors on Harbord Collegiate, one of the oldest public high schools in the city. Originally built in 1892, it was renovated in the 1930s when much of the original decoration - towers, turrets etc were removed and the front of the building was rebuilt. Up in the corners of the doors are funny gargoyles attempting to study while birds are pecking at their heads! The security camera, no smoking sign, and wheelchair info are necessities of our modern world.

6 comments:

LĂșcia said...

The gargoyles give a "friendly" touch to the entrance!
Its so nice coming here, see the beautiful photos and learn about Toronto.
You do a great job telling us about history, art and other curiosities. ;-)

Sharon said...

They certainly don't build buildings like this any longer. What a fabulous entrance.

VioletSky said...

Most of the newer schools look so sterile and institutional. And yet, if an old school is repurposed, it always looks schoolish!

Jack said...

It is a beautifully embellished door. I hate to be one who dwells on the old days, but they sure made more interesting buildings in the old days, didn't they?

Randy said...

What a great entrance. Very decorative.

EG Wow said...

Too bad the towers and turrets were removed, but in the 1930s it would have been considered just an old building and not a treasure.