Multiple Doors

I am fond of creating a theme within a theme in my posted images. When I discovered Norm’s Thursday Doors (or, to be more precise, after Norm found my blog), I tried to think of different ways to group my door images so that the doors could be categorized in some way for each blog post.

This week, I have chosen “multiple” as my theme for doors. Coincidentally, all images include multiples of three. All of these doors were found in Toronto.

Multiple doors are usually associated with the exiting requirements for large and high-occupancy buildings. My first two images – Massey Hall and the Horse Palace – are good examples of this.

Massey Hall was described in one of my previous blog posts as it was one of my Open Doors Toronto destinations in May 2017. The bright red doors are very distinctive, and will hopefully survive the pending upgrade to this concert venue.

The Horse Palace has an art deco facade, and these “people’s” entry doors complement the art deco design. The Horse Palace is located at Exhibition Place, and was opened in 1931 as one of several facilities that accommodate the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. It includes stables and a riding ring, and it is used by the Toronto Police Services mounted unit and a public riding academy. The entry doors were restored in the 1990’s.

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Massey Hall entrance
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The Horse Palace people’s entrance

Toronto Fire Station 423 also has a trio of doors. It took a couple of visits for me to be able to photograph the station when all three doors were closed.

A closer examination of this image reveals some interesting aspects of the fire hall. Note the four fire hydrants that are located in front of the pillars that separate the doors. I don’t know if the hydrants are functional or not. The fire hall also underwent a name change some time in the past. The remnants of the previous name “Fire Hall No. xx” can be seen under the current name. The fire hall likely got renumbered after the amalgamation of six municipalities in 1998 to create metro Toronto. The numbering of fire halls is not something that one would usually consider – until a need emerges to renumber them all. I also like the sign on the far left – “Make Your Intention … Fire Prevention.” We are often asked to consider our intentions – this is a worthwhile one.

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Toronto Fire Station 423

Black & White Sunday Photo Challenge – Ceiling

Some blogging photo challenges inspire me more than others. This month I found some inspiration in Paula’s Lost in Translation Black & White Challenge: Ceiling.

Two images from London, England, immediately came to my mind as worthy of posting on my blog. Both ceilings are examples of functional architecture, bringing daylight into a central and otherwise enclosed space.

Covent Garden Market was opened in 1830, and was designed to enclose an outdoor market that had been on the site since the late 17th Century. This photograph was taken in December – hence the Christmas decorations hanging under the skylight.

The Tate Modern Gallery is housed in a repurposed power plant on the south bank of the Thames. The Bankside Power Station was rebuilt after WWII as an oil-fired electricity generating plant, and this skylight was originally located over the turbine room, which is now the main entrance hall to the Tate.

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Covent Garden Market
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Tate Modern Gallery