Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jenkins Art Gallery


This lovely sign and part of the original facade are all that remain of Jenkins Antiques and Art Gallery which was located in a building on Grenville constructed in 1917 and designed by one of our top architect firms, Sproat & Rolph. As often happens in Toronto, the building was sold and a 25 storey condo tower was constructed in 1989 with the condition that the sign and facade be incorporated into the new structure. Another bit of history gone!
Taking part in Signs, Signs. For more signs click here.

26 comments:

Gemma Wiseman said...

A fascnating way to display the sign on the window feature of the building! Such a pity that it's all going!

Pat said...

So much for progress! Glad they at least kept a little bit of the original building.

NixBlog said...

We are losing so much history, art, architecture and style all in the name of "progress" and large shopping malls...
Great photo!

Lúcia said...

Sometimes I look for a special place and I become sad when I figure out it was replaced.
I'm glad to know they preserved the facade and the sign. ;-)

Lowell said...

Progress is not always "progress" - but at least they left these very attractive remnants of what used to be!

Paul in Powell River said...

Much as we would like to save everything, it just isn't practical. At least they compromise to an extent by saving facades.

ewok1993 said...

i like hte brick archway and the location of the street #

Sharon said...

I'm glad they at least kept the sign and facade. It is just lovely.

Regina K said...

Love the details above the signs - JedKids

VioletSky said...

The city architecture is starting to look odd with these condos being built above the old buildings and keeping the old facades.

La Principessa Errante said...

That tile is just fabulous. Glad at least they kept that!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Well at least a little bit of history remained. Where I live it could well have ended being a parking lot.

EG Wow said...

I guess not ALL of the history is gone. :) Cool shot.

Jack said...

Preservationists debate whether it is better to fight to keep everything, or be satisfied to retain a bit that is incorporated into a newer, bigger, modern structure. Come visit me tomorrow for illustrations of exactly this issue.

Lesley said...

This looks like a nice facade to be preserved.

Kalyan said...

lovely capture!

Randy said...

Nice brick and tile work.

Inside Cambodia said...

It's a lovely building. What a shame that so much history will be gone along with the building with only a sign to remind of what it was in the past.

Red Nomad OZ said...

What a bummer! But it could have been worse - at least this way there's still a reminder of the old building. Wonder how long the sign & facade will be there??

Dianne said...

I'm glad they saved the sign
it's lovely

Kitty said...

ah, very pretty. I wish more buildings would adopt such a practice.
This sort of thing makes buildings special. Not like big glass towers.

Carola said...

Fascinating facade.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

At least they left the sigh as a memory of the past, it makes you wonder if there are people ready and waiting to buy all these new apartments that they make these old buildings into!

Kim, USA said...

Kind of hard to find this kind of design. ^_^

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JM said...

Glad the façade was preserved, it's lovely.

Clytie said...

Well at least part of it was saved! And what an unusual font they used - it looks like "Jedkids"!