Friday, May 18, 2012

299 Queen St West

One of the most outstanding buildings along Queen St West is this neo-Gothic beauty with a wonderfully detailed terra cotta facade that has been restored to its original state.  Constructed in 1913 as the headquarters of the Methodist church of Canada, it went on to serve as the home of Ryerson Press until being turned into a broadcast centre in 1987 and was the home of City TV, Fashion TV, Much Music, and more. It remains a media centre to this day. This shot is from the corner of Richmond & John St.  

18 comments:

LĂșcia said...

It's a very imponent building, and much more beautiful on sunny days. ;-)

Anonymous said...

i cannot agree with you more red pat. the fact that it has been totally restored and not replaced by some nondescript condo building is wonderful. what a great restoration. was it city tv corp. that restored it? great angle shot on this building, too. i hope you managed to avoid the traffic!

Paul in Powell River said...

I read the first sentence and thought to myself that neo-Gothic should be saved for churches, only to read on. So maybe not a church, but close enough.

Deb said...

Impressive building and nicely captured.

hamilton said...

Good for you for getting the whole building in the shot!

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Pretty neat building. Nice to see that it has survived all this time and still being used.

Shaun Valleys ShutterBug

RedPat said...

Anonymous -- It was CHUM that did the restoration. They owned all those TV stations at the time.

Regina K said...

Wonderful details on the building.

Eyeliquor said...

Wonderful capture!

Randy said...

Wow, that's a beauty.

Birdman said...

Quite a top!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Very impressive restoration here Pat, you picked a great spot to take the shot, hard to get such a huge building in. Love the blue skies in Toronto!

JM said...

Outstanding is the word!

La Principessa Errante said...

So gad it was restored. Terra Cotta buildings are so few and far between these days.

EG CameraGirl said...

I didn't know the history of this building. It's a handsome building.

EG CameraGirl said...

I didn't know the history of this building. It's a handsome building.

Jack said...

The building is a classic. I am glad to read that it has been well cared for over the decades. It deserves some pampering.

NixBlog said...

What a wonderful old building. I'm glad it has been restored and is still being used to advantage. Lovely shot!