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Old July 6th, 2015, 09:09 PM   #181
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The examples from Toronto range from pedestrian to absolutely marvelous, thanks for the education T,B. I'm not judging the blander ones though, in the caser of the New World I think it's better to have them than not at all. I find that they stick out badly only in old European city with actual ancient heritage.

What interests me the most about Toronto, though, is to know if there are full blown neighbourhoods dominated by such historicist housing vernacular like it can be seen in the pic bellow. That would be interesting to explore:



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Given the ageing on this, I doubt many would know it's a 19th century Neo-Gothic church! Impressive fidelity to the original style.
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Attractive and interesting church. The structure is traditional but the colors and the materials look quite unusual.
Not often one sees black Gothic churches but there are examples that I can think of, like Glasgow and Clermont-Ferrand. Maybe it's a nod to one of these.
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The examples from Toronto range from pedestrian to absolutely marvelous, thanks for the education T,B. I'm not judging the blander ones though, in the caser of the New World I think it's better to have them than not at all. I find that they stick out badly only in old European city with actual ancient heritage.

What interests me the most about Toronto, though, is to know if there are full blown neighbourhoods dominated by such historicist housing vernacular like it can be seen in the pic bellow. That would be interesting to explore:


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Thanks! It was easy to pick out Neo-Gothic examples here because it was such a wildly popular style, especially and almost exclusively Early English Gothic. Neo-Gothic was popular throughout North America, but moreso in Canada than the USA.
The building you showed is on the University of Toronto campus, as were a number of others. Neo-Gothic was popular here for Churches, Universities and many public buildings. On a smaller scale it
was also popular for residential. Much of the University of Toronto campus looks like the picture you chose. There are many thousands of Victorian structures in Toronto because like Manchester in the UK, it was a city that boomed in the late 19th Century. So there are lots and lots of residential Victorian neighbourhoods but in general the houses are more modest than the large churches or university buildings.

The authenticity of copying the Gothic style always depended on how deep the pockets of the builder were, and how skilled the immigrant stonemasons and builders were at the time. Naturally Universities and the Church had more money to spend on architecture. Colonial cities like Toronto were not wealthy in the early to mid 1800's; many immigrants came to Canada without a penny in their pockets. So budgets were always a big issue in building design. The University of Toronto was founded in 1827, when Toronto was still known as the Town of York. Maybe 10,000-15,000 people lived here at that time. Naturally it was a matter of pride to try and construct their public buildings to be as grand and impressive as possible. To achieve this level of stone cutting in the first half of the 19th Century was pretty impressive. It was their way of showing the folks back home in Britain that they weren't doing too shabbily over in the colonies. To this day it remains one of the best examples of stone cutting in Canada, and even survived a devastating fire in 1890:








It is impossible to compare a 19th century neo Gothic building to say a genuine Early English Gothic building. The architects were inspired by the style, but you can never exactly copy a building that old. Also, the type of
Gothic architecture copied in Toronto was almost exclusively Early English Gothic. You won't find much built like in other parts of Europe; they pretty much stuck to building what they knew from back home in the UK. So a lot
of it will probably look different than, say, old Gothic architecture in France or Germany. There were other inspirations for churches here other than English Gothic, but they were in the minority:


















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Thanks! It was easy to pick out Neo-Gothic examples here because it was such a wildly popular style; it was popular throughout North America, but moreso in Canada than the USA.
Yes, I noticed quite a lot of handsome neo-Gothic architecture in Canada. I like it very much and it is not always easy to find. A nice surprise.

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Thanks, Timothy! It was very much a matter of pride for colonists back then. In many ways the population was struggling just to put food on the table; the town had been burned to the ground in 1812 when we were invaded by the US hoping (unsuccessfully) to assimilate us into their newly independent state. The settlers may not have had much money, but they were determined to put up handsome structures to be taken seriously by the Mother Country back home and impress them that they were not illiterate cave dwellers. I suppose very little was expected of far flung colonies by Britain at the time so in some respects sometimes it had the desired effect of impressing the folks back home. This article from 1859 Illustrated London News was all agog about the King's College building newly built in Toronto:




It stands to this day and is the oldest surviving building on the campus.
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