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The top 10 buildings in Toronto

Posted by Rick McGinnis / October 1, 2010

Top ten buildings TorontoIt was only in the last few decades that Toronto got it into its head to be any kind of paragon of urban excellence. For years previous, and pretty much from its inception, the city simply aspired to be one that worked, and it wasn't really until well into the last century that it could manage this feat on most days of the week. It's not surprising, then, that our best architecture isn't epochal and iconic as much as it's dignified and appropriate.

It's hard to make a list like this without lamenting the loss of so many contenders in the long, insecure years of Toronto's "second city" status - the gothic Toronto Board of Trade building that once sat on the NE corner of Front and Yonge; the outrageous Golden Lion storefront on King East; the Temple Building at Bay and Richmond. If more care had been taken with the transformation of Eaton's College Street into College Park, it might have made this list; ditto if we'd bothered maintaining half the buildings that once stood on the Exhibition grounds.

In the flame war this list will doubtless inspire, buildings missing from it will be a cause for complaint. While I can't speak for fellow contributors, I'd like to say that I want to live with Will Alsop's OCAD "tabletop" for a few more years before I make it a place on any list, and that much as I appreciate Frank Gehry's AGO redesign, I think it turned out to be quite the opposite of what we thought we were getting - an immensely serviceable space for art wrapped in an unexpectedly sedate exterior. How Toronto can you get?

Old City Hall1. Old & New City Hall - Taken together as an ad hoc complex, it's hard to give our municipal centrepiece anything less than pride of place. Ignoring the voices bent on demolition was probably one of the best things we ever did, since leaving E.J. Lennox' red sandstone monolith in place next to Viljo Revell's still-futuristic replacement lets you take in, in one view, where we've been and where we're going.

Richardsonian Romanesque was Toronto's high style when we reached our first zenith of mercantile prosperity in the late 19th century, and you'll find examples all over the city, from U of T to the Annex to High Park and Rosedale. (You'll also find eerily similar city halls in Cincinnati and Minneapolis.) And while maintaining Lennox's sandstone exterior will be a perpetual burden in a city of road salt and ice, the periodic cleanups and restorations will give new generations a chance to appreciate the wild ornamental carvings and galleries of gargoyles and grotesques.

There are problems, of course; we still haven't figured out what to do with Old City Hall so as to let locals really appreciate it inside and out (without going to court, of course,) and New City Hall really only provides one friendly face to the city on its Queen Street side, presenting a cold wall of corrugated concrete to the rest of the city at its back. If I were a bit more paranoid, I'd think this was some sort of clever metaphor for the business going on inside.

TD Centre2. TD Centre - Around the time Toronto decided it wanted to be better than just OK, someone had the mad, wild idea to hire Mies van der Rohe to design one of the soaring new office towers replacing the Victorian and Edwardian storefronts and bank buildings in our business district. It probably would have stood out more if it wasn't duplicated three more times in subsequent decades - with diminishing success - but urban columnist Shawn Micallef still calls himself a fan: "This building is likely on everybody's list but though I've been looking at it for 10 years now, and it's 45 years old, it always seems perfectly new and sharp and absolutely in style when I see it."

"It's like a moment of order in all the (wonderful) chaos of the downtown skyline, and even as it's surrounded by taller buildings and many more of similar size now than when it appeared like a Kubrick monolith on Toronto's low colonial skyline, it still stands out. An office up high in here is the only thing that could lure me into a corporate job. Maybe."

Royal Conservatory of Music3. Royal Conservatory of Music - Originally the home of McMaster University, this Bloor St. landmark has undergone a long renovation in the shadow of the ROM's showy revamp next door, but the results, while far less radical, are much more successful, in the eyes of Phil and Margaret Goodfellow, authors of A Guide To Contemporary Architecture in Toronto.

"Complimenting the historical restoration of McMaster Hall," they write, "the contemporary expansion of the Royal Conservatory of Music creates an urban experience in this music school. The tall public atrium nestled behind McMaster Hall, acts as an entry court into Koerner Concert Hall whose white oak and plaster sideways culminate in the twisting wood ribbons that cascade behind the stage."

Massey College4. Massey College - Probably the best way to describe Ron Thom's small but very notable graduate college at U of T is postmodernism without the punch line - Thom's building evokes the gothic edifices all around it without a hint of cartoony quotation. That it was built years before this way-too-'80s style had its zenith explains a lot.

Phil and Margaret Goodfellow applaud it for doing so much in such a modest footprint: "Enclosed by residences and the social heart of the college, the quadrangle at Massey College continues the University of Toronto's tradition of cloister-like spaces with a modern twist. Ondaatje Hall, the dining hall for the college, is a spectacular space anchored by a hearth and top-lit by a clerestory visible from Harbord Street at night."

Summerhill Station5. Summerhill Station - It's worthwhile to stand in front of this wonderfully restored and repurposed train station and recall that when it was built, this was the northernmost edge of urbanized Toronto; beyond its tracks were dirt roads and tony garden suburbs, cottages and sparse shantytowns like Earlscourt. It must have been a marvel then, and it still is today, even if it hasn't seen a passenger disembark since World War Two.

Chicago did Beaux Arts in a big way, Toronto not so much, which is why Summerhill Station stood out, even when it was at its lowest ebb just over a decade ago, its Venetian campanile clock tower vacant except for a mountain of pigeon shit. The Woodcliffe Corporation's restoration is a benchmark of preservation, from the clock tower refitting to the cleaning of the Manitoba limestone to the square and fountain outside. There are even persistent rumours that it might be returned to service as a train station, which is what Torontonians accustomed to diminished expectations refer to as "crazy talk."

401 Richmond West6. 401 Richmond West - Compared to anything else on this list, there's nothing physically remarkable about this nearly block-long red brick warehouse that presents Richmond Street with a rank of disused loading bays, but "meta-preservationist" Adam Sobolak thinks its excellence comes from its reincarnation as a creative centre: "Not that it's particularly ultra-unique or potboiler-spectacular either as an industrial vestige or as adaptive reuse (nor should it be); indeed, its de facto adaptive reuse was well underway when Margie Zeidler arrived on the scene."

"But by applying discipline and refinement to that well-underway process, what Zeidler - the landlord as an 'architect beyond architects' - did was a feat of cultural, conceptual, and marketing brilliance: she turned 401 Richmond into the living, breathing embodiment of Toronto-at-its-best as a Jane Jacobs/Richard Florida-friendly cultural-nexus utopia so many of us love, or love to hate, or whatever. Little wonder that it was one of the stars from day one of Doors Open - and all cynicism aside re the 'cultural class' concept, when it comes to organically respecting and maximizing our existing built environment, it is an example to learn from. In a sublimely 'Toronto' way.

Village Green7. Village Green - "These four residential buildings from 1965 between Yonge, Alexander, Church and Maitland are some of the best kept apartment buildings from this era (including the round 'Vaseline Tower')," writes Shawn Micallef. "Many buildings put up at the time were built with this swinging vibe (St. James Town and others all over the city) but lost it over the years as owners began to neglect their property and installed harsh lighting or chain link fences.

"At the Village Green the grass is still very green, in the summers the fountains work (it must be like living in a Busby Berkeley film) and the units themselves are bigger than most condos are today. Because modernism is at an awkward, unloved stage in its lifespan, so much of it is neglected. Here we can see it as it was intended."

Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion8. Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion - This Chapman & Oxley bauble sits all by its lonesome on a stretch of the western beaches cut off from the city by train tracks, Lake Shore Boulevard, and the Gardiner Expressway. The first two didn't actually make for much of a barrier, but the third did, when its construction wiped out the lakeside amusement park that once thrived between the Bathing Pavillion on one end and the Palais Royale on the other.

It emerges like a mirage from around a bend in the lakeside boardwalk or the Martin Goodman Trail, even when you're expecting to see it. It's a poignant reminder of the briefness of summer here, and archive photos of the adjacent beach, crammed with locals in bathing suits, underlines how Torontonians have always embraced the season with ferocity.

Arts & Letters Club9. Arts & Letters Club - "This is the kind of old building Toronto should have more of," writes Shawn Micallef, "but when we were building this sort of thing, Toronto wasn't the kind of city that needed more than a few (Detroit and Montreal, on the other hand, have lots of this kind of stuff)."

"Inside the main hall the giant fireplace is like something out of Citizen Kane. If social media didn't fulfill the roll joining a 'club' used to (and if I thought I'd have time to go often enough to make it worth it), I'd become a member. If the Spoke Club down on King Street is currently fashionable, the Arts and Letters Club is eternal style."

Humber Bay Arch Bridge10. Humber Bay Arch Bridge - Although not a building, just down the shore from Sunnyside is a structure that gave me hope that the city, every now and then, can make sure something truly excellent gets built. This gleaming white single span footbridge over the foot of the Humber River is probably my favorite piece of civic infrastructure in Toronto; why everything the city touches can't turn out this well only underlines that, from the moment the planning paper is written to the day the ribbon is cut, it's just a roll of the dice.

The two best things about the Humber Arch Bridge are basically the two things it isn't: 1) a merely utilitarian span connecting Etobicoke and Toronto, and 2) designed by Santiago Calatrava. Toronto does have a Calatrava or two - the Brookfield Place Atrium at BCE Place and a bridge over Mimico Creek, just a bit further west of the Humber Arch - but architects Montgomery & Sisam duplicated the same sense of soaring, skeletal, technical bravado that the Spanish architect is famous for, wildly surpassing even the grandest expectation of the municipal planning department.

Queen West blockHonourable Mention: 652-672 Queen West block - There are more perfectly preserved Victorian commercial blocks in the city, but this stand of buildings between Tecumseth and Euclid on Queen West is probably my favorite. Unusual for the time, it's four stories tall at the centre - towering compared to most of the neighbourhood - and a showcase of red brick masonry, the supreme vernacular building material of Toronto.

The roofline is a testament to the wear and tear of decades and different landlords - well-preserved along one stretch, crudely repaired with mismatched bricks along another. Futurist Stewart Brand once wrote an influential book called How Buildings Learn; this block of Queen is an excellent illustration of how buildings endure.

See also: the top 10 landmarks in Toronto and the 10 ugliest buildings in Toronto.

(Please disregard the map below)

Discussion

65 Comments

Daniel / October 1, 2010 at 10:54 am
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Since when is a bridge a building. You even acknowledge that it's not a building yet you still include it. Next list should be Top 10 bridges, then you can include the Humber Bay bridge.
Rob / October 1, 2010 at 10:55 am
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I'm no authority on architecture but including those god-awful Meis-ian buildings (he erected simlar ones in Chicago) while excluding Commerce Court North (CIBC's "old" tower, the tallest building in the British Empire for 30 years) is a travesty.
qwerty / October 1, 2010 at 10:55 am
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Why do your google maps never work?
Bilal Jaffery / October 1, 2010 at 10:55 am
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Outside of GTA, towards west, I am a huge fan of One Park Tower. The residential condo building that looks like it's from the Gotham City.
Rob replying to a comment from Rob / October 1, 2010 at 10:56 am
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And since I seem to be focusing on towers downtown, Scotia Plaza is also very nice looking relative to its counterparts.
Alan replying to a comment from Bilal Jaffery / October 1, 2010 at 11:05 am
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speaking of gotham...there's a building opposite queen's park (east) that is very gotham city and one of my fav's...
416expat / October 1, 2010 at 11:08 am
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Kudos for including some of Toronto's modernist heritage.

A little disappointed that OCAD and the Distillery District buildings didn't make the list.
can o worms / October 1, 2010 at 11:14 am
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Strange list, subjective list.
A bridge is not a building.
I'm too hungover to try to make my top ten, but I would only have a few of yours on mine.
Chino replying to a comment from Daniel / October 1, 2010 at 11:14 am
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I think this is more about aesthetics than actual architural classifications. but at the end of the day a bridge is a structure, as is a building.

George Costanza, architect.
wtf replying to a comment from Rob / October 1, 2010 at 11:21 am
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Kill yourself immediately.
Matthew / October 1, 2010 at 11:21 am
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Since these lists are pretty downtown-centric, I'd like to see a list of the best and worst buildings north of Bloor. (I imagine most of the list would still be south of Eglinton, but that's okay.) The architectural landscape is almost as rich between Bloor and Eglinton, but very different. Some of our best modernism can be found there as well, and those big old apartment houses along Avenue Rd... mmm.
The Shakes / October 1, 2010 at 11:22 am
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What about: Allan Lambert Hall (formerly BCE Place Galleria), MARS, AGO, All those buildings in the Distillery District, that really wicked-awesome Tudor apartment on the NE corner of Avenue Road and Balmoral, St Lawrence Market, the new National Ballet School?
be / October 1, 2010 at 11:25 am
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My list would be (in no particular order):

1. City Hall
2. Scotia Plaza & Bank of Nova Scotia
3. Design Exchange + Ernst & Young tower
4. Commerce Court North
5. O'Keefe Centre
6. The Bay Queen St.
7. 20 Prince Arthur
8. Scarborough Civic Centre
9. Union Station
10. Allen Lambert Galleria
11. College Park

There are also many buildings at U of T which are gorgeous. As elegant as it is, CN Tower is too obvious a choice. Many of our libraries are amazing, like Bloor-Rosedale, Lillian H. Smith, and S. Walter Stewart.
Roger / October 1, 2010 at 11:34 am
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Normally I'm not one to complain, but how in the world did the Gooderham Building ( aka Flatiron building) at Wellington/Front and Church not make the cut?
stanthemanchan / October 1, 2010 at 11:40 am
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WTF no BCE Place??? This is probably one of the most unique buildings in the city.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/archidose/68154858/
David Toronto replying to a comment from Daniel / October 1, 2010 at 11:49 am
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Perhaps the better word would have been
structure. That would allow bridges and
other non-building candidates to the list.
bubba / October 1, 2010 at 11:49 am
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i would have chosen the carpet building in liberty village over the 401 richmond
matt replying to a comment from Rob / October 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm
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Yeah Rob, Mies Van Der Rohe is terrible. Also, Chicago is an ugly city.

You're a buffoon.
T2 / October 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm
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Thank you for once again certifying Toronto as one of the the worst destinations for architecture in major North American cities.
be replying to a comment from T2 / October 1, 2010 at 01:29 pm
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That's false - it's one of the best. I don't understand why you (or other people, for that matter) wouldn't think so. Even other people in Canada see Toronto as an architectural destination.

ps. forgot the Flatiron building!
Enrico Palazzo / October 1, 2010 at 01:33 pm
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WTF Blog TO! Why is _____________ on the list but not _____________!? Life exists north of __________________ and west of ____________________ you know! You suck BlogTO (but I'll still come back here day after day to whine about how much your top 10 lists suck anyway)!
Bob replying to a comment from Enrico Palazzo / October 1, 2010 at 01:40 pm
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_____ you!!!
pardeep sing / October 1, 2010 at 01:46 pm
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this list sucks. where is the bank of montreal building? for 3 decades it was the highest building in TO. where is nathan philips square? where is the great indian temple in rexdale? no you would rather put a foot bridge in this list. idiots.
rick mcginnis replying to a comment from pardeep sing / October 1, 2010 at 01:56 pm
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"this list sucks"

Thank you. Make your own.

"where is the bank of montreal building? for 3 decades it was the highest buildling in TO."

Tallest does not equal best.

"where is nathan philips square"

Right in front of New City Hall. Which is #1 on the list. Did you read the list?

"where is the great indian temple in rexdale?"

In Rexdale. I haven't had a chance to look at it up close yet, so maybe it'll make some future list. You never know. Where's your caps key?

"no you would rather put a foot bridge on this list. idiots."

Yup, I would. Obviously. You have something against foot bridges?
Daniel replying to a comment from pardeep sing / October 1, 2010 at 02:05 pm
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Nathan Phillips Square is just the space in front of City Hall. It's not a building. You probably mean city hall which is on the list.
RealTalk / October 1, 2010 at 02:35 pm
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Ugh this list kind of depresses me for the state of or lack of architecture in Toronto.

Jonny Bee / October 1, 2010 at 02:39 pm
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Toronto is a city of NEIGHBOURHOODS. Downtown is one of them, and a lot of people live there.

So why don't we make a top 10 buildings/bridges/parks/modernist 1960's buildings for every neighbourhood and then everyone will be happy.

But you can't please everyone. Why hasn't anyone learned that?

This is one person's opinion. He happens to contribute to BlogTO. You can too. The call was in August. Sorry you missed it. Keep coming back.
bob replying to a comment from RealTalk / October 1, 2010 at 03:45 pm
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Or the lack of acknowledgment.

Hearing people say Toronto is lacking in good architecture is just ridiculous. What, so we don't have the generic, cheesy spectacles Dubai has?

Well when the day comes where Torontonians know what REAL architecture is, then our city will be appreciated.
TheWord / October 1, 2010 at 04:35 pm
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I know it's all voted on, but I'm surprised that the RC Harris Water Treatment Plant didn't make the list. It's an amazing example of civil engineering and architecture, and it also makes for a nice day trip by bike along the lakeshore.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._C._Harris_Water_Treatment_Plant

And bridges aren't buildings. Its inclusion into this otherwise fine list makes me wonder what the whole point of the list is.
Dirk / October 1, 2010 at 04:37 pm
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which building was in American Psycho?
Davak / October 1, 2010 at 04:40 pm
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Is this just based on exteriors? Because the main interior of Union Station has got to be the most beautiful building in the city.
Warren / October 1, 2010 at 05:01 pm
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I know this has been said countless times, but it really is worth repeating ad nauseum.

A bridge is not a god damn building.

It's one thing to have a list, it's another to have a bad list, and a completely other one to not even follow the rules/title of your own bad list.
rick mcginnis replying to a comment from Warren / October 1, 2010 at 05:19 pm
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Just to clear something up.

I qualified the Humber Arch Bridge by saying that it's "not a building," though looking back, I'd love to retract it. A bridge is certainly a building; you certainly don't grow them from bridge seeds. And in any case when I began these posts I didn't use the word "building" but "architecture" - that got changed early on. I'd stick with that for pedantic accuracy's sake, but I reiterate: a bridge is a building.

That is all.
seanm / October 1, 2010 at 06:03 pm
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To those decrying the lack of decent architecture in Toronto: get out. You're either completely daft, or lack any appreciation of architecture; I'm guessing the types who think Europe is so pretty and wonder "why we can't have all those neat old buildings". Or you're like the commenter above who likes One Park in Mississauga. Dear lord, that thing is a tacky historicist nightmare of epic proportions.

And to anyone who calls Mies' TD Centre "god-awful", well there's a special place deep in Hell reserved for those types. The TD Centre is a triumphant achievement in architecture, and it along with New City Hall, truly put Toronto on the architectural map. Realistically, there are far too many incredible structures in Toronto (especially if you start exploring the outer reaches, and areas beyond downtown) to ever categorize a top 10. There are many hidden treasures such as these: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&;source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=135+antibes+drive,+toronto&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=57.161276,114.082031&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=135+Antibes+Dr,+Toronto,+Toronto+Division,+Ontario+M2R+2Y9,+Canada&ll=43.779646,-79.44687&spn=0.006453,0.018014&z=17&layer=c&cbll=43.779679,-79.446724&panoid=cn9Qfi9M487khQY4SUVzoA&cbp=13,83.77,,0,-16.74
seanm / October 1, 2010 at 06:07 pm
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So in conclusion, which I conveniently forgot, please refrain from posting insipid comments that show absolutely no understanding of the subject at hand.

Bob, in his post a couple above, put it quite well.
TheWord replying to a comment from rick mcginnis / October 1, 2010 at 06:22 pm
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What is this, grade 2? Your logic is shockingly elementary. Just because something is 'built' does not make it a 'building.' So yes, Rick, you're right; bridges are not grown from bridge seeds. Does that mean that anything not grown from a seed is a building? Statues, by your definition, are buildings then.

A building has - by almost any definition you find - a roof and walls. They also normally say something about a building being meant for human occupation.

Just admit it. You're wrong.
rick mcginnis replying to a comment from TheWord / October 1, 2010 at 06:43 pm
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No "TheWord," this is the internet, where anything can be argued past the point of relevance. A bridge is architecture - I think you can agree with that - which means it's exactly what I meant to write about with these posts. I think I explained that, though you'd prefer to ignore it in the interest of counting come sort of ephemeral "coup" here. Sorry I can't give you that satisfaction.
TheWord / October 1, 2010 at 07:03 pm
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Oh thanks Rick, I totally get it now. A bridge is architecture, a building is architecture, therefore . . . . a bridge MUST be a building. How did I miss that?

Also, I'm sorry for providing feedback on what you actually wrote rather than what you meant to write.

Finally, don't flatter yourself. My satisfaction is not yours to give; rest assured that I'm perfectly satisfied that the language is imprecise. Anyhow. I'm done with this. It's Friday night and I'm hoping to spend some time hanging out on my new favourite building - The Humber Bay Arch Bridge. See.....that's just ridiculous.
rick mcginnis replying to a comment from TheWord / October 1, 2010 at 07:23 pm
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It's a lovely bridge - enjoy yourself.
Morga / October 1, 2010 at 08:02 pm
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Rick, what have you been smoking lately?
Ni / October 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm
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Rick - Any explanation on why you did not include Commerce Court North, BCE, University College, distillery district, or the flat iron building? Including a bridge in this list makes absolutely no sense when you consider that not one of the aforementioned actual buildings made the list.
I think you screwed up – just own up to it. Sh*t happens - it's okay.
Ni / October 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm
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Also forgot - AGO, Trinity College, Union Station, St. James Cathedral, Argyle Lofts, Convocation Hall - UofT, The Royal York - okay will stop now...we live in a beautiful city.
Geet / October 2, 2010 at 12:31 am
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Rick. It's no longer a wonder as to why the Metro let you go.

This is a terrible post. Stick to photography.
rick mcginnis / October 2, 2010 at 01:37 am
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When I started these lists a week ago, I tried to anticipate this sort of thing by writing:

"A list of the top ten Toronto landmarks could either elicit grudging but respectful agreement from fellow citizens, or ignite vicious arguments that quickly advance to accusations of Nazism or threats to set your house on fire and extinguish your genetic line. It's in this spirit that I've written three lists that, despite the advice of architectural experts and enthusiasts, are still utterly subjective, and likely to lead to both considered nods of approval and libelous death threats."

There's a certain satisfaction to being proved right, but it's like winning a prize for "Best Harbinger of Doom."
TheWord replying to a comment from rick mcginnis / October 2, 2010 at 02:14 am
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Hiya Rick! Back from visiting the Humber Bay Bridge. Hate to say it, but it's still a bridge and definitely not a building.

"A list of the top ten Toronto landmarks"

If that's what this list is why didn't you call it that? There would be absolutely no problem with that. A landmark is broad enough to include buildings and bridges. Unfortunately, your list is called " Top 10 Buildings in Toronto." A bridge is - despite your attempt to define it otherwise - still not a building (from a legal or architectural standpoint).

At one time journalists were bastions of precise and correct language. Just because this is a blog does not mean you should excuse yourself from that tradition.

C'mon Ricky! The best journalists I know are introspective. Recognize the mistake and change it.
rick mcginnis / October 2, 2010 at 07:27 am
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Point proved.
Warren replying to a comment from rick mcginnis / October 2, 2010 at 08:08 am
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Rick,

the dictionary defines a building as "a structure with a roof and walls, such as a house, school, store, or factory."

I wouldn't have any problem with your list, had you followed the basic definition of a word you used in the title of your list.
rick mcginnis replying to a comment from Warren / October 2, 2010 at 08:20 am
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Warren, I've explained myself already. You're being a bore.
Sam replying to a comment from rick mcginnis / October 2, 2010 at 11:46 am
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Way to be professional.
Adam Sobolak / October 2, 2010 at 02:23 pm
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If a similar New York-based list included the Brooklyn Bridge, or a San Francisco-based list included the Golden Gate, I wouldn't flinch. Just reminding you who want to be anal about the "it's not a building" business.
Scott / October 2, 2010 at 03:44 pm
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Here is my list of the top childish pedantic whiners in this comment thread:

T2,
pardeep sing,
Warren,
TheWord
Morga,
Warren,
Ni,
Geet,
Warren.

Instead of proving you are right by looking up dictionary definitions of building, why not add your favourites.

I really like Robarts Library at Harbord and St. George. Never seen anything like that outside of science fiction movies.
bab / October 2, 2010 at 03:58 pm
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"Chicago did Beaux Arts in a big way, Toronto not so much"

Is that a joke? Then what do you call Union Station, the Dominion Public building, St. Lawrence Hall, and the countless buildings around Adellaide and Toronto St?
Adam Sobolak / October 2, 2010 at 05:50 pm
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St. Lawrence Hall isn't Beaux-Arts.

And re Union Station and the Dominion Public Building: "not so much" doesn't mean "not at all".
Mike / October 2, 2010 at 06:12 pm
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Wow. Why do so many have to argue to extremes with Rick's lists? Last I checked, this is a "blog", which is Rick's own personal opinion...not Toronto's official, no-turning-back stamped list of "bests".

Keep blogging Rick...I enjoy your lists, even if I may disagree.
mark / October 3, 2010 at 08:12 am
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No Bank of Commerce building?
If this list is your 'opinion', then your opinion sucks!
T / October 3, 2010 at 11:58 am
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WOW @ the amount of complaining. Calm down. The sun will come out tomorrow.
Feldwebel Wolfenstool / October 5, 2010 at 08:07 am
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Someone knock down the Flatiron Bldg, since I last visited Hogtown?
JohnBleargh / October 5, 2010 at 05:08 pm
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I went to a wedding recently at the Arts and Letters club, and it is a stunning building inside and out. I'd love it even more if the building (and the club) could be as much a vital and important part of Toronto's cultural scene as it used to be. I know when it started, it was the premiere gathering place for artists, writers, architects, including the group of seven and other influential Canadians and now is apparently not much more than a club for aging hobbyists. Would be an interesting project to get a group of young artists to join to give the place a shake up.
Greg / October 6, 2010 at 08:54 am
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Nobody mentioned Osgoode Hall. I went in there once for Doors Open Toronto and it was Awesome.
Tiki L Front / June 16, 2011 at 02:10 pm
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Interesting list but I wonder why you did not include any of the grand old apartments on Ave -- I'd have thought that at least one of the Claridge, Balmoral or Clarendon would have merited inclusion.
Sarah / December 22, 2011 at 10:00 am
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Umm there's only 3 residental buildings one village green. I know because i live in one. Get your reporting correct please.
Sarah / December 22, 2011 at 10:01 am
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on*
Sarah replying to a comment from rick mcginnis / December 22, 2011 at 10:06 am
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He is a bore but this is supposed to be your professional blog? Completely unprofessional. I will not be reading anything written by you again. Thanks!
a / December 22, 2011 at 10:39 am
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prose fail
a / December 22, 2011 at 10:39 am
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prose fail

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