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Old January 11th, 2017, 09:47 PM   #4161
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Really great, very nice updates; well done
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Old April 25th, 2017, 05:57 AM   #4162
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Thank you! Been ages since I updated this. Was a beautiful sunny Spring day, so I headed down to High Park to view the blossoming Japanese cherry trees. High Park is larger than Hyde Park in London, and about half the size of Central Park in New York. John Howard purchased this land in 1836 to build a country lodge on, and in 1873 donated the land to the City of Toronto as a public park. 2000 beautiful Somei-Yoshino Sakura trees were given to the City of Toronto by the citizens of Tokyo. Every Spring they are a magnet for people wanting to wander about and enjoy their beauty.




































Some years, this Magnolia tree is completely finished its blooming cycle by the time
the Cherry trees bloom, but not this year:























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Old April 25th, 2017, 05:57 AM   #4163
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Here is the hunting lodge built by John Howard in 1836. At that time, High Park was far out in the countryside, unlike today.

















an 1849 cannon:









He built a charming little Memorial Park for himself and his wife for when they passed on.
In the 1850's, St Paul's Cathedral in London removed some iron fencing that had been designed by Christopher Wren in 1675, and guarded the church for 160 years. Mr Howard bought part of it, and used it to enclose his Memorial. Other parts of it wound up in front of St James Cathedral in downtown Toronto.




























I made a little friend along the way... Robin Red Breast:





He wanted a closer look:









as part of my annual trek to the park for a peaceful afternoon of admiring the blossoms, I always stop at a Russian deli on the Park:















and finally, just before arriving home, I took a photo of a new building going up near where I live:







What a lovely day it was!!
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Old April 25th, 2017, 06:40 AM   #4164
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Wow! Beautiful building and city.
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Old April 25th, 2017, 04:17 PM   #4165
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Robins really are daring creatures....
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Old April 25th, 2017, 06:30 PM   #4166
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He was very bold. Maybe he thought I was hiding earthworms in my pocket!
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Old April 25th, 2017, 09:50 PM   #4167
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Great, very nice updates; well done, sir
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Old May 4th, 2017, 04:54 PM   #4168
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Nice pictures from High Park!
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Old May 14th, 2017, 08:17 PM   #4169
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Thanks, everyone! From today:












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Old May 14th, 2017, 08:27 PM   #4170
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I’ve said it before, but I do love those townhouses, and how they contrast with the modern city.
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Old May 14th, 2017, 08:55 PM   #4171
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Thanks, Jane.. I do, too. I love the mix of old and new and the close proximity of old Victorian neighbourhoods to the downtown business district.
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Old May 29th, 2017, 10:13 PM   #4172
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This past weekend was the annual Doors Open here in Toronto. 150 buildings throw their doors open for the public at no charge, and many of them are only accessible to the public that one weekend a year. This year the Toronto Dominion Tower celebrated its 50th anniversary, and re-opened for Doors Open. The last time I'd been up there was 11 years ago, in 2006. The building was designed by Mies van der Rohe and still is a marvellous beauty today. I was struck by the difference in the views in only 11 years:

2006:





2017:




with another look through that crack:










2006:






2017:






2006:





2017:

The white Italian marble that they faced the building with in 1975 did not age
well, and became dingy and cracked. They replaced it with a beautiful fretted white
glass face:






2006:







2017:







2006:





2017:






I don't think I took a photo back in 2006 looking to the west at Etobicoke, and further behind Mississauga, but much of this was not here back in 2006:





I'll post more tonight!
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Good `then and now` stuff.
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Old May 30th, 2017, 06:12 AM   #4174
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Thanks, Paul! Some more sights that caught my eye over the Doors Open weekend:


Some interior shots from the 56th floor of the Toronto Dominion Tower, built 50 years ago by Mies van der Rhohe. All of the furniture is of course, of his design. First the magnificent boardroom table made of the oak of one tree from the estate of Lord Montbatten in Berkshire, England:








His Barcelona chairs:








The chairs around the conference table are his Bruno chairs:











Again, all oak in the room from the estate of Lord Mountbatten:







the lobby of the tower:





































































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Next stop, the old Commerce Court North building built in 1929. It was, at that time, the tallest building in the British Empire.

















The delightful interior of this bank was loosely modelled on the central hall
of the Baths of Caracalla:




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Next stop, lunch at the St Lawrence Market. This market is the oldest continuously operated food market in North America, and has been open to the public on this piece of land since 1803:







More photos from this food market tomorrow!!
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Wonderful, very nice photos, TB
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Nice pictures from Doors Open so far! I may have to come up next year with my friend, who is also a geography and urbanity geek!
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nice shots indeed, and I particularly like you details of the art deco bldg., out and inside.
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Old July 4th, 2017, 07:28 PM   #4179
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When I started this thread so long ago, photo threads were mostly fixed, finite things but I had the idea of making it an ongoing thing, like a blog. Thanks to all who participated in my little experiment, but I am winding it up now. Photobucket wants hundreds of dollars to support old posted photos and I'm not going to be pushed into it by them. Perhaps I'll start some new threads!
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