Some pix from this past week:
Finally! Spring is in the air. Three weeks late, but better late than never:
Last weekend the weather was lovely and sunny, so I rode my bike about downtown, capturing some random scenes...
an old Coat of Arms from a Victorian government building... probably a Post Office:
The Birkbeck building, an Edwardian beauty that is currently undergoing restoration. It appears that at one point some cretin painted the trim on this stone building:
One of the oldest surviving Post Offices in Toronto, this beauty at No.10 Toronto Street is one of my favourite buildings in the city. Built in the 1850's in a classic Greek revival style, it has perfect proportions and a classic simplicity:
Let's visit another one of the grand old Toronto hotels! This was the first luxury hotel built in Toronto... The King Edward, which was completed in 1903. The owner, of the Gooderham family (who owned the largest distillery in the British Empire), daringly built it on the East side of Yonge St, in an attempt to draw development in that direction:
The "King Eddy", as it is affectionately called, still puts on a grand show:
Now some panoramic shots taken at the top of an office building sprouting up from Eaton Centre, near the Yonge/Dundas intersection. First a shot of the entertainment/shopping complex going up at the corner. Most of this exposed side will be covered in a festive array of advertising:
The entire Yonge/Dundas intersection will be entirely unrecognizable to someone who has not seen it in a decade.
to the East, which is a residential suburb called Scarborough: