Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Blue Bird Building

This is the name of a small commercial building on Adelaide St W which is slowly being surrounded by condo buildings and may itself be on the verge of redevelopment so I though I had better catch their pleasant signage before it is gone. At first I thought it was just a whimsical name but info I found suggests that it was originally built for manufacturing for the Blue Bird Dresses company many years ago and is now occupied by various small businesses. Nice sign.
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22 comments:

Birdman said...

Heck! Is there at least a blue bird house around> I hope. hahahaha

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Would hate to see that one go

Marleen said...

Nice sign, clear for everybody.

Lowell said...

The question is would a bluebird wear a blue bird dress? I've got a Rainbird sprinkler system for our yard - that's a crazy name. Have you ever heard of a rainbird?

I think it it nice they kept the sign even though the Blue Bird Dresses company is long gone.

Luna Miranda said...

i like the whimsical name, too. Blue Bird as an apparel brand sounds different. nice address, too.

Deb said...

Maybe someone will paint a Yellow Bird on here before it goes for good!
Great name for a building.

Lesley said...

I wonder how long they lasted - I've never heard of them
(obviously way before our time, eh?!)

Jack said...

Thanks for interpreting that unusual name for us. I often run across a street or building with a weird name and later discover the perfectly logical reason for the name.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

great that you investigated the history and recorded it before it is lost

ewok1993 said...

wonder why it's called blue bird.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great sign - I love the story behind it.

nyloncamera said...

Funny how my brain reads it as yellow bird :))

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

What a great capture, glad you found out the background, I thought when I saw it, what a fun name.

Randy said...

Interesting name for a buidling and dresses.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I like how the old buildings etched their name in stone. Such confidence!

Martha Z said...

It was common at one time to inscribe the company name on the building. Now, walking through old downtowns can be a lesson in the economic history of a place.

Tanya Breese said...

i like the simplicity of this one!

EG CameraGirl said...

Too bad another part of Toronto is turning into condos!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It would have been interesting to see Number 444 Adelaide St. when it was in full swing as a dress company hey Pat.

llandudnopictures said...

Now that is a very readable, very solid looking sign... well captured!

Halcyon said...

Ah, more condos to come!

William Kendall said...

Quite a whimsical name!