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A Bridge, is not always a Bridge in Toronto by tmrother

On the Waterfront: Peter, you said “Don’t worry, they would meet”. OK, OK, Sammy, a slight misalignment. I tried to push it, but it will not budge. Do you think people could just jump to cross the gap?
I can only imagine, that’s how the conversation went between Sam Crignano, the project engineer and Peter Clewes, the architect of the ‘Pier 27’ condos. Not sure whose fault it was, but a PR firm they hired to spin this, declared: ‘A breathtaking and unique landmark, architectural masterpiece’ and ignored the problem.
This disconnection is called Skybridge. Who said that bridge must necessarily connect side A with side B?
Anyway, what do I know about bridges, I never build a real one, but seems to me, that Peter Clewes missed the lecture on bridges at the Waterloo University.
btw: A mere 754 ft2 condominum in this building, will set you back $ 660 000.00 (That’s a lot for my bank account even in low Canadian $)

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Light by GraceRay

Schmidt-Burnham Log House. Research indicates that the Schmidt-Burnham log house is the oldest log structure in Cook County, Illinois, USA still in use and that it was most likely built in 1837 by early settlers in the area. It is also distinguished as the only home in the area to be continuously occupied for nearly 165 years. More: http://bit.ly/1CGVoFE

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Slated for demolition. Bloody refreshing. by tmrother

Slated for demolition. 231-237 College Street, Toronto.
The John Davison buildings on Huron/ College intersection are destined for possible demolition. It’s almost a sure thing, as the toothless ‘Heritage Preservation Services’ usually cries crocodile tears, after the bulldozers are almost done.
I have photographed this building few times in the past, but this time I noticed the Development proposal. The developer applied in 2013 for 19 story ‘Design Haus’ building, which was modified to 17 stories year later. Build for a grocery merchant Davison in 1890 (John Turner), and updated in 1909 by Langley and Howland, it is one of slowly disappearing examples how College Street looked at the turn of 19th century. It is not a stunning example of the late 1800’s architecture. It has been modified with cheap doors and windows, but it’s going to be replaced by even less interesting building. I may take a photo next year of the new building.

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A Triplex on Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal by tmrother

A Triplex on Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal
Started a cold water rental units on the end of 19th century, the houses on this part on the street are from about 1900-1920. Interestingly this type of housing was not build in Toronto, but I have seen it in Boston and bit in NYC. These Triplexes (usually 3 separate units), with wrought iron staircases, railings and balconies are very typical in this city. The 3 story height is very much the right scale to encourage a street connection. This type of housing, rather then 50 floor apartment building, is assuring a vibrant urban streetlife, interaction with neighbours and small local stores. The ‘Depanneur’ convenience stores, another Montreal institution, is surviving, because of this type of housing. The Toronto ‘Corner Store’ is quickly disappearing as the glass towers mushroom in my city.
On this photo I’ve captured one of the strangest current trends. The ‘Man Hair Bun’ is one of the most retarded hair couture development, (in my not so humble opinion) since, well, the Women Hair Bun….;-)

Taken at 4580 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal

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Old Bovril Soup building -1922, Montreal by tmrother

Old Bovril Soup Building -1922
At the North End of the ‘Mile End’neighbourhood, this building went through many incarnation. From soup maker, to leather manufacturer Dimitri Cuir (sexy and motorbike clothing), to the current use as artist work shops and Hasidic daycare.
Build in 1922 (architect McDougall & Pease) it did not suffer from many changes. The Bovril name was removed, but the 1920’s simple industrial architecture remained intact .
I would call it a 5 floor, but it is described as a 7 floor building (which must incl. basement).
Photo taken at 6201 Avenue du Parc /Van Horne

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Blue Parasols, sand, sun, chairs & drinks by tmrother

Blue Parasols, sand, sun, chairs, drinks -but no swimming.
The idea to be transported to tropical beach without the hotel and airfare cost is attractive to anyone, but specially for Canadian residents. In Toronto we have two urban beaches (one with yellow and one with pink umbrellas). Montréal did not want to be left behind and opened this Blue Parasols beach on the banks of St. Lawrence River in 2012.
In May this beach was completely empty, but after the first year flop of charging a nominal fee to enter the beach, the beach is now free and popular.
With views on the city, Old Port area, the mighty river and Jacques Cartier bridge it is not the Caribbean, but you can still suck on your mojito, margarita or daiquiri and pretend.
Designed by Claude Cormier + associés, based on Paris beach project.

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