April 28, 2016
I am never disappointed to step outside my office at Yonge/Summerhill to take a look at the beautiful architecture Toronto offers. In particular, The University of Toronto which stretches wide across the city and it holds several architectural landmarks. The majority of the buildings throughout University of Toronto exemplify Romanesque or Gothic Revival in style but you will also find Tudor architecture as well as Modernist examples.
Look at the details of this decorative arch over the entrance of this University of Toronto building. It was built somewhere between 1856 and 1859 by architects Frederic Cumberland and William Storm. The design of this building portrays the Romanesque-Revival style beautifully.
The circular shape of this building is certainly inspired by Greek and Roman Classical Architecture. One of its most pronounced features are the exterior columns seen above. These columns are a cross between Doric and Ionic columns, ancient Greek architectural styles.
This sculptural stairwell in the interior of one of University of Toronto's buildings was designed by architect John Andrews. He constructed this GTA landmark in 1965 before going on to design the CN Tower! It very well exemplifies the Brutalist architecture era in its style.
The Gothic architectual design of this beautiful chapel on the University of Toronto campus was designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who is known for his designs of Liverpool Cathedral and the famous British red telephone boxes.
This photo showcases University of Toronto's modern expansion of a Victorian and Georgian building on campus. The $15-million dollar renovation was recently done to expand the department's period building with a contemporary glass-enclosed hallway and three-storey addition.
These are just a few of the beautifully crafted buildings at the University of Toronto - I suggest heading to the campus for a very worthwhile architectural tour!