Saturday, January 12, 2013

Deco Grillwork

In 1928 the Simpson's Department store downtown planned a 20 storey tower addition to their Yonge St store but only 9 storeys of the Deco tower were ever built. Some lovely features were included in the design such as this fabulous grillwork on what is now the back of the Hudson's Bay store. The grillwork matches that to be found on the former Simpson's store in Montreal.

13 comments:

nyloncamera said...

whistle :)

llandudnopictures said...

Very ornate and intricate, love the lamps too!

Sharon said...

I believe I've shopped in that store but, sorry to say I missed this lovely grillwork.

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Love the work on the awning as well, and funny how it is not the back, what a shame not to be a focal point.

William Kendall said...

Nice shot! You've framed it well.

Jack said...

Do they do art deco window washing up there, RedPat?

Randy said...

That is a nice find.

Lynette said...

Great photo of a fine architectural detail. Thanks!

Lowell said...

Amazing! Wonder why the 20 story tower wasn't built...

Does this grill work drop down to secure the premises at night...kinda looks that way.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Well spotted Pat, nine storeys of Art Deco design are better than none oui!

Birdman said...

They would never the the time on this today. Get it up fast, no frills make $$$$$$.

EG CameraGirl said...

I wonder if the decoration has some significance.

Halcyon said...

I've been in the ballroom above Simpsons. It's also lovely!