Sunday, May 28, 2006

Doors Open Toronto Finale - Former Massey Mansion

This building has gone from a mansion for one of Toronto's richest families (that's Massey as in Massey Hall) to a technological institute. It must surely be the most beautiful technological institute in Toronto: lots of large windows, beautiful murals and the same ornate detail as Gooderham House.

The careful observer will note that three of the buildings I visited are on Jarvis, close to Wellesley. Jarvis used to be home to the great (old-moneyed) families of Toronto in the pre-automobile days. However, with the advent of the private automobile, more lanes were added to Jarvis which meant that the beautiful old trees which lined both sides of the street had to go. No longer being the tranquil desirable address it once was, all the old money moved North. Hooray for events like Doors Open Toronto which allow this history to be remembered.

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