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Old Posted Feb 16, 2020, 3:04 AM
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Edmonton looks like Neo from the Matrix dodging all of those bullets.
Correct. Edmonton is the personification of the phrase, "Money can't buy you class." At least architecturally speaking. Then again that comes with the territory of being a youthful and brash city full of mavericks all looking to make their mark on the skyline...
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Old Posted Feb 16, 2020, 6:31 AM
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These stark, imposing Eaton's towers, which I like quite a bit, were proposed for TO in 1965, but would have resulted in the demolition of Old City Hall. That was a nonstarter.

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Incidentally, I find interior spaces in Edmonton are often nicer-than-average. That seems to be where a lot of the design, and frills, are focused.
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International Place (initial rendering):


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Later version (couldn't find a larger pic):


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Twisted Sisters:


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Skye Halifax:


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Midtown Hotel:


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22nd Commerce Square:


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Commonwealth Games Stadium + other facilities:


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VIA-operated commuter rail service:


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I really wish I could find the early Centennial proposal for the Salter Block, which included a winter garden and 40-storey observation tower (which was near-universally panned for being "too much like the CN Tower"). This would have been from around 2006 but I can't find any images remaining online, just references to it in news articles.
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Edmonton looks like Neo from the Matrix dodging all of those bullets.
One bullet finally hit hard with the Milner Library renos.
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Edmonton looks like Neo from the Matrix dodging all of those bullets.
Lolz

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The Qualico building's image was actually 1/3rd in height, someone photoshopped it and added more floors to show how the building would look if it was taller.
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Old Posted Feb 16, 2020, 6:57 PM
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I really wish I could find the early Centennial proposal for the Salter Block, which included a winter garden and 40-storey observation tower (which was near-universally panned for being "too much like the CN Tower"). This would have been from around 2006 but I can't find any images remaining online, just references to it in news articles.
I have a clear memory of a picture of the Salter model. I probably have it saved somewhere but I am having a hard time finding it.

I did find a couple other related images.

The elevations for the Centennial Salter proposal, not including the tower (without the tower I guess it's just an unremarkable medium-sized project):



A rendering of the Southwest Salter proposal, not selected by the Waterfront Development Corporation:



At the time, a lot of people talked about how great the architecture of the Southwest proposal was and how they wish it had been picked instead. Maybe it would have been built. It borrows conspicuously from Rowes Wharf in Boston, already 15 years old or so in those days, with the arch and dome. I don't hate that style of architecture but I am happy that we have moved past it.
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^Definitely another good example of the way things have gone here. The U/C Queen's Marque also seems like a Rowe's Wharf type development but has its own unique aesthetic and feels like more of a signature building, whereas that proposal seems more like generic, vaguely-Boston-themed infill.
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Was going to give the CN a run for its money, sorta...

http://i.imgur.com/K5fLu18.jpg?1
Here's a way better scan of the C.N. Lands study;


It's not really an unbuilt 'project' per se, as it was only ever conceived as a land-use study, showing what private developers could do with the railyards if the railway was to have decommissioned them there and then. The whole genesis behind it was that the City was looking for a new arena to replace the aging Edmonton Garden's and this was presented as part of a report entitled "A Coliseum, Trade Centre or Domed Stadium for Edmonton." The ultimate result of these studies was the creation of Northlands Coliseum. Here's two other proposals: one by Hashman & Co. Ltd.;



...and one by the Stanford Research Institute;


Going way further back in time you had this awesome Central Police Station that never went anywhere. It was designed by architect Allan Merrick Jeffers, of the Legislature Building fame, and construction began on it's foundations in 1913/14. The building was never completed thanks to the war, a lack of material and manpower, and Edmonton's dwindling population. The old foundation was finally used for a much smaller central station in 1931;
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Eaton's Centre Toronto, 1920's:

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8 years ago today Doug Ford and RoB Ford unveiled these shitty plans complete with mall Ferris Wheel and Monorail. Nobody ever investigated who paid for the design of the plan, some shady back room deals by the Ford's no doubt.

So glad this didn't happen. There is no need for a Ferris wheel, we already have the CN Tower if you want views. We don't need another large indoor mall in the downtown area, and Mono rail, speaks for itself.

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Eaton's Centre Toronto, 1920's:

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It's technically partially built. Phase one was the department store but the rest of the complex was killed by the Great Depression.

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T. Eaton Co. Ltd. let contr act. photograph of the present wrecking operations, now in the block bounded by chanan, Bay and Haytar an and Sons are carrying ract, which was let to Eaton Co. Ltd. Already buildings on the block to the north, bounded by Yonge, College, Bay and Buchanan Sts., have been completely demolished and on this block the fine new housefurnishings building of the T. Eaton Co. will be erected.


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