Thursday, March 13, 2014

Massey College

After viewing the Ron Thom show at the Gardiner Museum, I wandered over to Massey College at U of Toronto to see  the real thing. Thom designed the college and it was built in 1963 in the "Medieval Oxbridge" style which consists of a central quadrangle from which the rest of the building spreads out. The building has lovely details and the quadrangle itself is beautiful but unfortunately there is no photography allowed inside since the college is a postgraduate residential college and is therefore considered private space. That wonderful detailed structure at the top of the building contains the dining room for which Thom designed all the furniture and had wonderful ceramic pieces created. I hope it is open one day for a public tour!

17 comments:

Sharon Anck said...

It's one of those places that looks like it's hiding some hidden beauty inside and from your description it sounds like it is.

José Mendonça said...

Wonderful contrasting architectural designs!

llandudnopictures said...

It's certainly a very solid looking structure!

Bill Nicholls said...

Not sure I agree about the building being good looking but then go round Oxofrod and you see worse

Halcyon said...

If there's a tour during Doors OPen, you will definitely have to go and report back for us. Inquiring minds want to know!

Lowell said...

The notion of a quadrangle coupled with a residential college might send me back to school if I were a year or two younger! :) Love the look of this place!

The Greenockian said...

Interesting building!

cieldequimper said...

Don't listen to Lowell, he was born in 1880 (at least that's what he says! :-))
It's a really nice building but I don't really get the medieval Oxbrige reference. I've just googled it but to no avail. I thought Oxbridge was the contraction of Oxford and Cambridge...

William Kendall said...

It's something different, and stands out nicely.

Keep an eye out on the Doors Open listings when it comes up.

Lúcia said...

I'm always amazed that after all those years blogging, you still find many interesting things to show us everyday!
Hope you have a great dinner! :)

LONDONLULU said...

Love the architectural detail! I'd love to spend some time exploring inside, I'm sure it'd be fun.

Randy said...

I agree with Sharon. Sometimes you never know what's inside.

Luis Gomez said...

Very interesting building.

TexWisGirl said...

a rather stern exterior look, but sounds interesting inside!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Make sure that you're in line if they have an open day Pat :)

Laura. M said...

The new and the old together.

EG CameraGirl said...

A public tour would be quite interesting but how sad you would not be allowed to take photos.