Friday, May 04, 2007

A journey to the past – Ontario part 5

From the ground up, classical to post modern

The city of Toronto has a few impressive architectural landmarks. There is the Canadian National tower, the world's tallest freestanding structure next to the Sky Dome with its integrated retractable roof. If you are at King Street, you can venture into the pedestrian walkway designed by Santiago Calatrava located in the banking district of the city.

The overlapping steel beams gently loop from one side to the other, and the archway is fused by a complex matrix of geometrical joints that encloses the open street passageway. The light which penetrates through the glass roof gives one a sense of tranquility and visual beauty.
Called the Allen Lambert Galleria, the city's oldest surviving stone building, the former Commercial Bank of Midland is part of a space that has been the backdrop for commercial ads, films and television productions. It is also the home, if thebookmann recalls, of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

When construction began in 1915, Union Station at Front Street was Canada's largest enclosed space at the time it was officially opened in 1927. The train station was built by both Canadian Pacific and Grand Trunk Railways and architects kept with the classical architectural style developed by the École des Beaux-Arts.

Union Station uses a series of large windows to illuminate the space. The facade are engraved with the names of the provinces that make up the Great North. -thebookmann

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