Old School Doors – Series 1

Older schools have “old school” doors that are much more interesting than newer doors. They were designed to last, and they look good too. Here are a few examples of doors at schools in Toronto and Australia, my contribution to Norm’s Thursday Doors this week.

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Humberside Collegiate Institute, Toronto
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ALPHA Alternative School (formerly Brant Street School), Toronto
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Annette Street School, Toronto
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Bowral Public School, Bowral, NSW, Australia

Thursday’s Special – Wintry

This morning I caught a view of some snow flurries in action. I think that I was able to capture a wintry mood in the image that I am posting today in response to Paula’s latest Lost in Translation Thursday’s Special. Adding some extra grain to the snowflakes makes my vision even more wintry.

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wintry morning

The Doors of St. Thomas Street

Welcome to St. Thomas Street – a premium location for residential real estate – in the Yorkville area of Toronto. St. Thomas Street is only two blocks long, and is located just off Bloor Street (on a section dubbed the “Mink Mile”) and adjacent to the University of Toronto campus.

There is a mix of residential and commercial buildings along St. Thomas Street, but I have focused on the residential doorways in this week’s contribution to Norm’s Thursday Doors blog.

For each highrise residence, I have also included an image of the highrise tower. It was not possible to show you what is behind each door, so you get a glimpse of what is above each door instead.

One St. Thomas is a newer condominium tower that looks like it could belong in New York. That is by design – it is a twin to 15 Central Park West in New York City, designed by New York architect Robert A.M. Stern. Recent condo sales in this building have averaged around $1,300 per square foot. Popular musician Drake used to live here. Being number one has its cachet.

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entry to 1 St. Thomas St.

Directly across the street is Two St. Thomas. This is a purpose-built rental apartment tower which just recently opened. Sadly, the enrtrance to this building is very non-descript. The front doors look like they belong on any generic office building. The only feature is a copper-clad entry canopy. I recall that there used to be a tagline of “We Try Harder” for Avis when it was the second ranked car rental agency. Avis dropped this slogan after 50 successful years – 2 St. Thomas is the newer building, but it never tried to be better.

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entry to 2 St. Thomas St.

The University Apartments are in an older 1927 apartment building located on a heritage site at 8 St. Thomas Street. These apartments are also condos, but are sometimes available for rent.

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University Apartments

The Windsor Arms Hotel is located across Sultan Street at no. 18 St. Thomas Street. It is a boutique hotel and it is also an historic property. It was renovated about 20 years ago as part of a redevelopment that added high-rise condominiums to the site. The Residences at Windsor Arms are at 22 St. Thomas Street.

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Windsor Arms Hotel

Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of this World

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge inspired me to experiment with some “other world” treatment of a recent image. There is a new pedestrian bridge connecting the Eaton Centre with the Hudson’s Bay store in downtown Toronto. The architectural design of the structure has a space-age look, and adding some blurring to the image gives it that final touch.

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between worlds

Out of This World