Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion

The Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion has been on Sunnyside Beach in west-end Toronto since 1922 when this area was a huge amusement park. In 1955 the city decided that an expressway was needed to ease traffic congestion downtown and the park was closed to enable the Gardiner Expressway to be built through the area. The pavilion remains on the beach and was declared a historic site in 1975 before being restored in 1980. It is still used for changing facilities but also houses a cafe and other spaces used for weddings and corporate events, but not during the winter! I'll show you some more shots over the next couple of days. Most of the Lakeshore pics I have shown you were taken in this area.
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27 comments:

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Great sign, I love it!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Can just imagine what it would have been like back in the 1920's, remember those bathers (swim suits) they used to wear, such fun!So glad they left the pavilion, hopefully it stays around always.

Lowell said...

Very interesting and I shall look forward to seeing your other pictures of the place. I wonder if it smells musty as do some structures on the beach used for "changing," etc.?

JM said...

This is wonderful!

icecreamgun said...

Beautiful!

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VioletSky said...

I have often wished I lived in the era that used this pavilion and the Palais Royale.

Gemma Wiseman said...

An impressive arched design round the sign! Glad to see it is all so well preserved!

Luna Miranda said...

the blue and gold sign is beautiful. love this classic architecture.

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Andy said...

Back in it's hay days there were no such things as bikini:-)

Marleen said...

A wonderful piece of history.

Jackie/Jake said...

We just moved down the street from here!!

Deb said...

Looks splendid, pavilion is not a word you hear often these days unless you are a cricket fan. Lord's cricket ground has a pavilion 'end' I seem to recall.

Photo Cache said...

i'm curious to see its entirety.

jennyfreckles said...

Just the name makes me want to try it out!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

While one laments the loss of anything to an expressway, it looks like they have done great things with what they kept, can't wait to see more.

Sharon said...

A beautiful entrance! It's nice that the building was preserved.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

A bathing pavillion. What a stately name. I love the big solid arch.

You know Tulsa needs a bathing pavillion!

Randy said...

Great colors.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

That is a very colourful doorway - good it has been preserved.

llandudnopictures said...

What a bright, sunny sign... the perfect welcome!

EG CameraGirl said...

It sure has a beautiful entranceway!

Norma Ruttan said...

oranate and regal sign!

Crafty Gardener said...

I remember going to Sunnyside as a child but haven't been there for many, many years.

Sandy said...

What a master piece, I love that blue and yellow. =)

William Kendall said...

It is indeed a beautiful building...

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