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20160404. East elevation of Toronto’s once Consumers Gas Co. Purifying House No. 2 and now the Canadian Opera Company’s Opera Theatre.

20160404. East elevation of Toronto's once Consumers Gas Co. PurArchitects Strictland and Symens, 1888, Renaissance Revival.

The building was designed in the style of an early Christian basilica with a clerestory roof. It may have been built as a self-supporting structure and simply placed on top of the building so that any explosion would raise it without destroying the walls (from the COC’s website).

20141120. Toronto’s beautiful Art Deco apartments at 1477 Bayview (c.1941). Despite being heritage listed, they face development pressure.

20141120. Toronto's beautiful Art Deco apartments at 1477 Bayvie

This Garden Court Apartment complex has 10 buildings beautifully arranged around an interior court. It is one of the nicest places in Toronto and will be featured on this Saturdays Urban Exploration Walk.

There is a development proposal sign in front but a more recent city report recommends refusing the proposal and corresponding zoning plan amendment. The proposal called for the demolition of the complex to make way for, you guessed it, more condominiums.