a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

After the Museum

Like many inner citiesToronto has some amazing older buildings. Not many, because of it's relative young age and the unfortunate fact that city planners have a tendency to tear down the older beauties to make way for the new. Anyway, after I visited the ROM the other day, I passed by one of the last remaining homes of Toronto's 19th century elite, George Gooderham (owner of the largest distillery in the British Empire). Now known as The York Club, it was built in 1892 by David Roberts Jr. During this time the Romanesque Revival was very popular with its castle-like shapes and rounded arches and elaborate Art Nouveau-like details. The Toronto sculptors, Holbrook and Mollington were responsible for the beautiful sandstone carvings on this building.


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