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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).