Toronto is the fastest developing city in Canada. Most expansion is happening in the downtown core with several condominiums rising on Toronto's skyline.
There are many historical structures that have been around for decades which deserve to be acknowledged. Here are some old school and up-to-date pics which demonstrate Toronto's architectural transition:
1. Gibraltar Point Lighthouse - Toronto Island 1808
It is the oldest remaining lighthouse on the Great Lakes and one of Toronto's longest standing buildings. A ghost tale has it that this lighthouse is haunted by its first keeper who was murdered in 1815 named John Paul Radelmuller. Spooky!
2. Gooderham & Worts Distillery - 1832
The Distillery District has the largest number of Victorian-Era buildings in North America. At one point in time, the Distillery produced 7,600,000 litres of whisky!!! The district was abandoned for nearly a decade, but now it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Toronto and is the home to many annual festivals. In fact, we're pretty sure you definitely visited the Christmas market this past holiday season.
3.Casa Loma - 1911
This Gothic- Revival style architecture is a piece de resistance. There are 98 rooms and a couple of secret passages inside the medieval fantasy. Was Sleeping Beauty locked up in the tower? The castle was a private home for 10 years up until Sir Henry Pellat went broke. Later on, it became a hotel and transitioned into a nightclub. Can you imagine the parties?
4. The Coffin Block Building - 1845
This structure is currently known as The Gooderham Building. Other than its obvious flatiron design, many drop by the building to check out the mural painting. Displayed on the back wall, the illustration reflects the Perkins structure right across the street. The optical illusion is super cool! Especially on a brick wall, you'll be convinced it's real!
5. Princes' Gates - 1927
Often mistaken for the "Princess Gates", the gates were named after Edward, the Prince of Wales. The structure was built in honor of the 60th anniversary of Confederation. The arch acquired its design from ancient Greece, with the statue of the Goddess of Winged Victory and nine pillars symbolizing the 9 provinces during that time. During reconstruction the pillars and statue were restored.
6. Honest Ed's - 1948
Arguably, the dopest discount store in the world! If you're truly from 'Tarana', there is no way you're not familiar with this landmark. The enormous yellow and red signs lit with huge light bulbs (23,000 to be exact) are impossible to miss. In 2013, Honest Ed's went on sale for a hundred mill and was anticipated to be shut down. Thankfully, some rich investors came along and saved the name but unfortunately the iconic banner will be taken down.
7. C.N Tower- 1973
The Toronto tower stands at 553.33 m. The construction of the tower was proposed by the Canadian National Railway to provide Toronto with television and radio communication. It held a record from 1976- 2007 for being the tallest freestanding structure. Fun Fact - if 14 large hippos could be rammed into the elevator and sit still for 58 seconds, the 23.8 square m glass floor could support their mass.