One of the most delightful things about travelling is taking in the architecture of a city. In Toronto the Historical Society has been instrumental in preserving many old building from being torn down to spawn urban growth. Some of these century buildings are nestled in the heart of the downtown Toronto core among giant skyscrapers like the Hockey Hall of Fame located on the corner of Front and Yonge streets.
The Gooderham Building is also commonly know as the Flatiron Building. Built in 1892 it is a beautiful example of French Gothic architceture that has survived the expansion of the city. The beautiful red brick building with the dramatic green copper metal roof is located at the junction of Wellington Street East and Front Street East just a few minutes walk from either Union Station or the St. Lawrence Market. The triangle intersection is impressive and is best seen walking west from the St. Lawrence Market. The building is open to view Monday throough Friday from 9 to 5.
Churches also dominate the must-see list of architectural wonders in the downtown core. Another example of a hidden gem is St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church located at 73 Simcoe Street between King and Front streets. Nestled in the middle of glass skyscrapers this beautiful church was built in 1830 and survived many of the fires that destroyed so many churches in Toronto. Built in 1945 another notable church is St. Michael’s Cathedral located at 200 Church street with its seventy nine meter tower with two bells that can still be heard ringing prior to Sunday mass.
There are many other unique and historic buildings that deserve to be visited while in Toronto. Please ask us about about self-guided walking guides of downtown Toronto or consider doing a city sighteeing bus tour.