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Which TTC subway station is the fairest of them all?

Over the next few weeks, I'll be working on a series of posts devoted to TTC subway stations. And rather than getting started on a sour note by asking for feedback on which stations are most in need of a little custodial TLC (which I will inevitably write about at some point), instead I'll start by asking if there's one that stands out from the rest when it comes to aesthetics and architectural design.

While there are certainly stretches in which stations tend to blend in with one another — particularly along the Bloor-Danforth Line — not all of our stops were created equally. As is the case with the new stations planned for the extension of the Spadina Line, there's even been some architectural and artistic star power involved over the years, including the likes of Arthur Erickson (who designed Eglinton West and Yorkdale), Charles Patcher (the Hockey Knights in Canada mural at College), and Michael Hayden (who's fantastic Arc en ciel may yet return to Yorkdale Station).

In fact, when you think about it, there are actually a number of TTC stations worth nominating. Who, for instance, doesn't like the circular-shaped St. Patrick Station or the surprisingly bright platform at Downsview? Despite a buildup of grime, Dupont always strikes me as having an Art-Deco feel about it. Museum's got its pseudo artifacts, which actually look pretty cool. And then there's Eglinton, which is the only stop to retain the Vitrolite glass tiles originally found on the Yonge Line when it opened in 1954.

So, thinking in terms of form, what's your favourite TTC station?

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