This is an old structure in downtown Toronto located in the financial district east of Yonge Street. It was built in the Year 1892 with its unique narrow wedge shape and red brick colour shades. Visit this architecture and enjoy the large patio and a pub within the building. Plan to come from Monday to Friday at 9AM. It will close to visitors at 5PM. It is advisable to visit also the other attractions like; Hockey Hall of Fame, Union Station, St. Lawrence Hall, St. Lawrence Market, and St. James Cathedral which is just a walking distance. Enjoy and......
Welcome to Flatiron Building - Toronto.
This distinctive historic building is located on Front St. and Wellington. We passed it on the way to the Papillon Restaurant on Saturday.
Originally an office for Gooderham & Worts, the FLAT IRON BUILDIBG was designed by architect David Roberts. Each floor has 12-foot ceilings and the building is five-storeys tall.
I think it's pretty safe to say that in the midst of modern, towering buildings the Flatiron Building is a refreshing look to the past. It certainly is unique in its appearance and is also unique for the land that it occupies. Built in the 1800's, it is reported to be the most expensive office space in Toronto. So, naturally, it is at the top of my list for my planned Toronto office. Right! Just check the registry and you'll likely find my "How You Doin'?" Talent Agency! We specialize in Clowns & Idiots and our company philosophy begins at the very top and trickles down, and down, and down...
Enough of self-promotion... If you're in Toronto, you'll likely enjoy the view of this famous Flatiron Building. As a special bonus, there are other neat attractions, restaurants, markets, shops, and scenic sights to behold all in this same area. Stay tuned and you'll learn more about them!
Commonly called the "Flatiron," this historic building closely resembles its more famous cousin in New York City. It was originally an office of Gooderham & Worts, one of the British Empire's largest enterprises in the nineteenth century. Gooderham also had other business interests and was president of the Bank of Toronto. The bank became so amass with riches that only minty bills were kept & torn or dirty bills were all burned! He also went into the liquor business during the US Prohibition, with Al Capone being their biggest customer.
Prior to the erection of the Gooderham building, a less pleasing structure stood on the site, known as the "coffin block", as the building resembled a coffin. The Flatrion building was completed by architect David Roberts. No expense was spared & ended up costing over $ 18 000 to build (in late 1800s).
This Gothic Romanesque sandstone building was the most prestigious in Toronto at that time. Each floor has twelve-foot ceilings, brass fittings and a walk in vault (today used for storage). The first manual Otis elevator in Toronto has been restored and is in use today. One of the responsibilities of the concierge is to operate this elevator.
This 5-storey building took full advantage of its site on a triangular spit of land between Wellington and Front Streets & now is the star of many photographs. What makes it special is the contrast of modern bright skyscrapers in the background. It is one of the most expensive office buildings to rent in Toronto.
This building is showcased once a year @ DoorsOpen Toronto.
Not only New York has one, Toronto has one too. The Flatiron Building is a small 5-storey house from the 19th century, in the heart of the city. It is surrounded by a big number of tall skyscrapers. Just like the St Andrew's Church, this is a perfect example of the old and the new coming together. It is called Flatiron building, because it is shaped in the form of an iron. That means it is a bit triangular in shape.
You can just about make out the Gooderham "flatiron" Buildings in the background below the two skyscapers. Enlarge the pic to see better. Apparently this building, designed by David Roberts Jnr is the most expensive office space in Toronto!
Gooderham Building, or the Flat Iron Building as popularly known, was built over a hundred years ago. The triangular-shaped building was the result of the limited land space formed by the V-shaped intersection of two streets. There is a huge mural that filled the back wall of the building (facing the park).
What many do not realize is that Toronto’s five stories high, red brick Flatiron actually predates New York’s famous Flatiron Building by more than 10 years and is perhaps the most photographed sightseeing in downtown Toronto. On the back of the building an interesting mural can be seen. The mural is a mirror image of another building, which is located directly across the street. It creates an optical illusion as if the depicted facade would really exist. The building is National Historic Site since 1975.
In the basement there is a pub named Flatiron and Firkin, where you can eat and drink. The building is open to visit from Monday to Fridays from 9am to 5pm.
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.
Old Town Toronto contains the largest concentration of historical buildings in the city. The landmark Flatiron Building it a favourite.
We obtained a city map and just strolled around the district for a few hours, enjoying the street scene, the people and then found a nice place for a light lunch. Streets were safe, weather good, what more could we ask for?
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