The flatiron building, also known as the Gooderham Building, was commissioned by financier George Gooderham to house the offices of Gooderham & Worts Distillery. It's such a fun building to see, due to it's unusual shape. But also the contrast between old an new makes this building strange to see, behind it in the distance you can see the modern skyskrapers of downtown Toronto.
This 5-storey building took full advantage of its site on a triangular spit of land between Wellington and Front Streets. This unexpected corner in a town laid out in military grid fashion was the result of Wellington Street on the north being part of the grid and Front Street on the south following the original shoreline of Lake Ontario. It is one of the most photographed “sights” in the city.
I have seen Flat Iron buildings in a lot of major cities. This one in Toronto is different because there is a fascinating art work on the back of it. However this picture does not show the art work. I will need to scan a picture of that in later.
The Flatiron Building was built in 1852. It is very unique in its color and design. It also has a very cool mural on the back.
On the backside of the Flatiron building you can find this mural : "Tromp l'oueil mural"