Our Favourite Toronto Buildings

Our Favourite Toronto Buildings

BUILDING #1

CASA LOMA
(INTERIOR & EXTERIOR) 

The old-time feels are so strong in Casa Loma. Deriving from European inspiration, the castle was built from 1911-1914, as a residence for Sir Henry Pellatt. In 1925 the house was vacant, and with unfinished work, there was new renovations set for Casa Loma to become a hotel. However, as the depression came, vacancy set in, and the city of Toronto bought the house in 1933 to make up for unpaid taxes. According to their website, there was even suggestions at one point that "possible uses of the building included a high school, museum, art gallery, a war veteran's convalescence home and a permanent residence for the Dionne quintuplets." Today, it is a museum and landmark, and can be rented out for events such as weddings. It is a truly beautiful creation worth visiting, rich in detail and class.


Exterior Photo of Casa Loma Casa Loma Interior Bedroom Casa Loma Interior



BUILDING #2

BAR RAVAL
(INTERIOR)

This cozy bar is inspired by the Raval neighbourhood of Barcelona. It is an intimate space that supports people, of all kinds, to get together and share experience. With imported exotic woods, this homely and natural den of warmth is known for it's food, cocktails, experience, and aesthetic. The harmonious earthy tones of oranges, browns, yellows, reds and greens are sure to invite you in, and make yourself comfortable among the groovy woods. The ambience alone is a treat.


Bar Raval in Toronto Bar Raval interior, Toronto Bar Raval, image by Jonathan Friedman



BUILDING #3

THE AGO, ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO
(INTERIOR & EXTERIOR) 


In 2004, architect Frank Gehry took on The AGO with his redesign called "Transformation AGO" - putting the true meaning of art into architecture. With contrasting facades - one earthly, wooden, and warm, and the other modern, titanium, and cool - it's no doubt why this iconic building has something for everyone to enjoy, inside and out. The long wooden promenade, "Galleria Italia", has been called a "poetic journey" by The AGO's director - linking the galleries together and leading people to and from the street itself. This length of the promenade is over 450ft long, stretching the complete city block, and is said to be used "structurally, not just decoratively". Interestingly enough, Galleria Italia gets its name in respect to the Italian-Canadian relationships that share the same love for art, and as such, 24 families supported the project and collaboratively influenced its design. Another highlight is "The Baroque Stair" where the climb actually narrows and allows for people to bump into each other, as another form of human connection and experience. Riddled with highlights, from the Galleria Italia, to the Baroque Stair and even the Contemporary Tower - this building is fanfare art waiting for you to meet it.


AGO staircase, wooden AGO Exterior, steel staircase AGO at night, busy street AGO Galleria Italia


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