Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Household Science

This wonderful Neoclassical building was built in 1912 as the "Department of Household Science" at U of Toronto and remained as that until the 1970s. It was designed by architect George M. Miller and was funded by the Massey family of Massey-Harris fame. Now the south end is used by the Centre for Medieval Sciences of the university and the north end which opens onto Bloor St is leased out for retail space. It is directly across Avenue Rd from the Royal Ontario Museum giving this block quite a stately feel despite the surrounding modern buildings.

14 comments:

Kate said...

It is interesting to see the two different architectural styles in these buildings.

Christine said...

I've always favoured this style of architecture for its regal appearance.

Sharon Anck said...

It does have that official "government" look to it. It is surprising how well it blends in with the newer buildings.

William Kendall said...

That is a beautiful building!

bill burke said...

A very official looking building but it blends in well with the newer ones.

Lowell said...

That is an incredible building...absolutely gorgeous. I can't help but wonder, though, what in the world was "Household Science"?

Revrunner said...

Those ionic capitals do look slightly dated, especially against those modern windows. Or maybe it's the other way around. :-)

Andy said...

Nice one Pat. It's a classic from it's era.

Taken For Granted said...

Interesting how "Household Science" or Home Economics has diminished at universities as women now have a full range of majors available them. Fine looking neoclassic building provides the street with dignity.

jennyfreckles said...

Looks very similar to one of our local college buildings. The classical look goes pretty well with contemporary builds.

TexWisGirl said...

nice building. household science seemed puzzling. :)

Lois said...

A very impressive building. I do enjoy seeing all those columns!

Michelle said...

It looks very stately next to the modern buildings.

Karen S. said...

Such a lovely building!