Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New Use For An Old Beauty

This is the building found across from the red brick Borden building at U of T which I showed you last week. This is 1 Spadina Cres and is found in the centre of a roundabout of Spadina Ave just north of College St. It was built in 1875 as Knox College which was a Presbyterian theological school, then became a military hospital during WWI, then had various government uses until being purchased by U of T in the 1970s. The university used it for various office spaces and then for the visual arts program until a major renovation proposal was unveiled in 2013. This is now the John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design and the new use was opened in late 2017 although during a recent wander I found a lot of construction still going on inside. I will show you the wonderful modern addition on the north side over the next two days.

16 comments:

Andy said...

Surprise, surprise. I was riding the streetcar past here last Sunday. Good thing you took the picture this time of year. When the trees have their leaves it blocks some of the view.

Weekend-Windup said...

Beautiful building! dried trees in front of the building gives added beauty to it...

Lowell said...

As you might have guessed, this gorgeous stone structure sends me into spasms of joy! Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but you know what I mean. It's huge, it's stone, it's being used for good purposes - what more can one ask for? (Yes, I know that sentence contains a dangling whatever, but I just don't care this morning.) Heh, heh. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Lea said...

It is beautiful, and you had a beautiful day to photograph it!
Have a great week!

William Kendall said...

It certainly is a beautiful building.

Terrible events there yesterday- I've seen a comment from you this morning, so I know you're safe.

Cloudia said...

What a pleasure to see, know a bit about, and anticipate your next views, Pat!

Sharon Anck said...

Such a beautiful old building. It's so good to know that it is still being used and enjoyed.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a very appropriate use for this incredible building, which is an incredible piece of architecture itself.
P.s. I'm so relieved to see you here Pat. Got such a shock when we heard the news this morning. Honestly what a state the world is in!

Taken For Granted said...

Wonderful Gothic look to this building. So glad it has found a useful function for the U. of T. Sounds like the 2013 planned renovation is still going on. Look forward to seeing more photos of this building

Mike said...

Cool looking symmetrical building.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Fotografia fantástica.
Um abra├žo e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Michelle said...

This is quite a structure. Not something I see here in my small town.

bill burke said...

A beauty of a building and it's made of stone, the best. Heard about the terrible event that took place yesterday, glad you are safe.

Karen S. said...

It certainly is a beautiful building! Such stone and strength it has!

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful building, Pat !

Sandi said...

Wow!