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Canadian Mid-Century Modern Buildings (page 1)

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Wexford Presbyterian Church
Scarborough, ON
The Wexford Presbyterian Church was built in the 1960s. [map]

unidentified building [gone]
Granby, ON
The unidentified building has a parabolic roof. It was vacant when this photo was taken in 2009. Judging from the garage doors on the adjacent building on the right, this place must have had a car-related function originally. Perhaps it was a car dealership. By 2011, the building had been demolished.

Bata Shoe headquarters [gone]
Toronto, ON
The Bata Shoe headquarters was designed by John C. Parkin and built in 1964. It was being demolished when I was there in 2007. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Lord Lansdowne Junior and Senior Public School
Toronto, ON
City Hall
Toronto, ON
Lord Lansdowne Junior and Senior Public School was designed by Peter Pennington and built from 1960-1961. For more, see this website. [map]

City Hall was designed by Viljo Revell and built from 1961-1965. The complex is comprised of two curved towers (of unequal heights), a UFO-like council chamber, and public space. The reflecting pool is converted into an ice skating rink in winter. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. [map]

Ashbridges Bay Pumping Station
Toronto, ON
Minolta Tower
Niagara Falls, ON
Skylon Tower
Niagara Falls, ON
CN Tower
Toronto, ON
The Ashbridges Bay Pumping Station was built in 1971. This photo is from 2007. Around 2010, an addition was made to the roof. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Minolta Tower was built in 1962 as the Seagram Tower and is 325 feet tall. It later become the Panasonic Tower and is now known officially as the Konica Minolta Tower Centre. It features an indoor observation deck, restaurant, wedding chapel and hotel. For more, see this website. [map]

The Skylon Tower was built from 1964-1965. It is 775 feet tall and offers dramatic views of both the Canadian and American Falls. There are three "yellow bug" elevators that take visitors to the globe at the top of the tower. The tower features an observation deck and a revolving restaurant which completes one revolution per hour. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The CN Tower is 1,815 feet tall, making it the world’s tallest building. It was built from 1973-1976. The CN refers to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. In part, the building's height was to solve television and radio transmission problems. The Tower features the 360 Restaurant which revolves once every 72 minutes and the Sky Pod observation deck. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Flying Saucer Restaurant
Niagara Falls, ON
The Flying Saucer Restaurant was built in 1972 as a single saucer drive-in (top photo). In the early 1980s, the second saucer was built and both structures were used for indoor dining. The drive-in concept was dropped at that time. The restaurant has been remodeled considerably, possibly even rebuilt. The bottom photos are from 2007. The first photo is older than that. In 2016, a new sign was installed. [first photo thanks Ken Scott] [map]

McLaughlin Planetarium
Toronto, ON
The Cubes
Toronto, ON
The McLaughlin Planetarium opened in 1968 and featured a 91 foot in diameter dome. In later years, the Planetarium was used for laser-light shows while part of the building was demolished for the construction of the Royal Ontario Museum. The Planetarium closed in 1995. The building is now used for offices and storage for the Museum. In 2006, video images of grazing sheep were projected onto the dome for the Nuit Blanche art event. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Cubes were designed by Clive Levitt and built in 1996. Although was built too late to be considered mid-century modern, the concept was conceived in the 1970s. The design was based Piet Blom's cube houses built in Rotterdam, Holland in 1984. The three 24 foot wide interconnected cubes are installed on 18 foot tall columns and combine housing and office space. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Vancouver Lookout
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Vancouver, BC
The Vancouver Lookout was built on top of the Harbour Centre in 1977 as an observation deck. For more, see this website. [map]

The Vancouver Maritime Museum was built in 1959. [map]

Vancouver Museum
Vancouver, BC
The Vancouver Museum building was designed by Gerald Hamilton and constructed in 1968. The museum was known then as the Centennial Museum. The dome part of the building houses a planetarium, now known as the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre. [map]

First United Church
Vancouver, BC
Bloedel Conservatory
Vancouver, BC
The First United Church was built in the early 1960s. [map]

Bloedel Conservatory opened in 1969. The plexiglass dome is 140 feet in diameter. For more, see this website. [map]

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