Other Historic Toronto Buildings

The list of historic Toronto buildings is vast; here are significant buildings that don't fit into the other more specific categories (like hotels or theatres). 

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High Level Pumping Station (The Annex)

The Yorkville Water Works and pond, on the long-ago buried Castle Frank Brook stream, stood on Poplar Plains road, just north of Dupont and the railway tracks. It was rebuilt in 1906 and renamed the Toronto High Level Pumping Station (or High Level PS, or just WS-9). As Toronto and the demand for water grew, so did the waterworks with construction through 1916. It was further expanded in 1953, and features different architectural styles including Second Empire, Edwardian Classical and Style Moderne. It continues to operate today and is now the oldest pumping station in Toronto, complete with an original steam engine from 1909.

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Massey Hall

Massey Hall, built in 1894, has long been the heart of Toronto music. It was designed by Canadian architect Sidney Badgley with a neoclassical facade and moorish arches that span the width of the interior. He took his inspiration from the Alhambra Place in Spain as well as Louis Sullivan's Chicago Auditorium and Opera house. The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir began singing there in 1895, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra played there from 1921 until moving to Roy Thompson hall after their Gala Farewell Concert at Massey Hall on June 4th, 1982.

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Osgoode Hall

Standing at the north-east corner of Queen Street West and University Ave, Osgoode Hall, and its famous "cow fence" was first started in 1829 (when the intersection was called Lot Street and College Avenue). Its initial design was by John Ewart and W. W. Baldwin in the late Palladian style. The Great Library was designed by Cumberland and Storm (1857-1860) and "features an ornate plaster ceiling, cork floors, and etched glass windows." The building is owned by the Law Society and the Government of Ontario.

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Upper Canada College (UCC)

Founded in 1829, the school has a long history in Toronto, covering a number of different locations within the city. Graduates of the school are known as 'Old Boys;' the school colours are blue and white.

Between 1829 and 1891 Upper Canada College was located in Russell Square, between King Street West and Adelaide, Simcoe and John St. Only one building, an old residence at 22 Duncan St. remains. The bells at the Russell Square campus rang for the last time on July 3, 1891, with the new campus at 200 Londsdale Road in Deer Park officially opened on October 14th, 1891. In 1902 a separate prep school was built at the south end of the campus. Unfortunately the main buildings in Forest Hill deteriorated quickly, and by 1958 they had to be evacuated and torn down. The current buildings were opened by 1960, with a number of additions and modifications since.

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