St. Basil’s Church was built as part of St. Michael’s College. When the College was established by Monseigneur Armand-François-Marie de Charbonnel, the second bishop of Toronto, he entrusted it to the Basilian Fathers who began immediately to look for a site where they might build. Captain, the Honourable John Elmsley, son of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Upper Canada, a convert to Catholicism and a strong supporter of Catholic education, offered to donate land for the construction of the new institution. However, he had one condition, one that the Bishop and the Basilians were quick to accept. The College should include a parish church.
There were three wedding parties doing photos within a few feet of each other.
University Ave on the steps of the Boer War Memorial.
I have the bright idea we should take the subway home. John wanted the bus, the streetcars are not running due to track replacement.
Get on subway at Osgoode, go north change to westbound at St. George.
Settled in to hear announcement that their is no service this weekend between Ossington and Jane due to maintenance. Shuttle buses will be available.
Now in all my years as a subway rider I have never actually seen these "shuttle buses" I have always assumed they are a figment of the TTC's imagination.
It is absolutely chaotic at Ossington, with a bunch of volunteers standing around with their thumbs...No crowd control.
People are taking photos of the crowds and tweeting out. BTW, TTC, I have yet to hear a response from you...
25 minutes and we finally get on a bus. Oh, look, a detour on Bloor due to a street festival. Finally get on subway at Jane to go ONE 1 uno stop to Old Mill to get bus home.
If we had gone John's way... 501 bus along Queen St. W short walk home.
Anyhoo...home to a well deserved beer!
Dinner was easy, cheeses, pate, bread and crackers.
A mural I have walked passed thousands of times when I worked in the King/Front St. area. It is in the underground path in Metro Hall. We have miles of paths beneath the city that are perfect for hot, cold or rainy days.
I was surprised to see these lovely buildings still standing although the mural on its side is definitely worse for the wear.
This is the mural in 2010 when I worked around here. Painted in 1986 by muralist Bill Wrigley. The photo was taken on my Blackberry!
The Toronto list of heritage properties states that the house was built in 1858.
In 1876, Henry Seaton Strathy purchased the property at 298 Adelaide Street, and the Toronto Heritage list states that a Mansard roof was added in that year. Henry Strathy was born in Edinburgh in January of 1833. He first lived in Montreal, where he was a founding member of the Montreal Stock Exchange. In Toronto, he was head of the Federal Bank of Canada at 17 Wellington Street West.
In all the years I worked near here I never saw anyone coming or going into the New York Fur shop downstairs. But then who wears furs nowadays?
I showed you the interior of this building a few weeks ago but didn't get a photo of the outside. Solved.
I was kept busy at the corner of Peter and Richmond. When I first worked in this area in the early part of this century, (my gawd, that makes me sound old) the eccentric intersection of Peter and Richmond streets,has been transformed from a lonely, bleak corner in a district of elderly warehouses to a hub of inner-city intensification.
During the 1870s, the site at the corner of Peter and Richmond Streets was the private estate of a barrister, Mr. Charles McGrath DCL, The estate contained several out-buildings for stabling horses and carriages, and living space for servants.
His widow remained in the mansion until the year 1900, when the property was sold to Judge Walter. In 1903, Mr. Augustus Walker II moved in and remained on the state until 1911. In 1912, George Weston purchased the property and demolished the estate to construct his new bakery. It is the walls of this structure that remain on the site today.
Tableau Condominiums so named for the table like four storey podium.
The colonnade is home to an artwork by Shayne Dark, called Nova, which pierces through the openings in the table top podium,
Directly across the street stands this historic building, I didn't find any background on it but did see that the yellow one has a proposal to the city to demolish it for a condo.
From there I went into 401 Richmond. 401 Richmond is a historic warehouse in downtown Toronto and home to over 140 cultural producers and microenterprises. Originally the site of the Macdonald Manufacturing Company, a tin lithography factory at the turn of the 20th century, 401 Richmond is now a thriving arts and culture hub.
The future of 401 Richmond, the arts and cultural hub inside an old factory building on Richmond at Spadina, is in jeopardy thanks to its climbing tax bill.
Spacing Store is the retail offshoot of the magazine of the same name. I treated myself to a new book to go along with the sculpture book Creating Memory I bought a couple of weeks ago.
There are always ongoing changing art exhibits.
So I never did get to Chinatown. It was gone 3 PM by the time I got to Queen St. it was hot so I decided to head back home.
Dinner was a beef stew to use up a piece of meat we had.
The plan was to go for a mani pedi but it decided to rain. Postponed.
But we didn't change our plans for lunch since we grab the shuttle at our door and when we get to Union Station we can get to the restaurant underground. The temperature had also dropped from 28C when we got up to 18C once it began to rain.
We did our annual odyssey to Red Lobster for their crab fest.
The rain stopped when we finished lunch at 3 and the sun came out.
And the Labyrinth. The city's most popular labyrinth and the site of official events is tucked away behind the Eaton Centre at Trinity Square Park. It has a 73 foot diameter, making it one of the biggest in the city.
Labyrinths of this kind have one path that meanders towards the centre and can be found in parks, churches, wading pools, public spaces, and even traffic islands. Because they're usually just markings on the ground, sometimes the only way you'll spot one is to see someone doing a circuit.
A tourist family doing the circuit.
The new bridge between the Eaton Centre is taking shape. It replaces the 40 year old one and is much more appealing.
Then we checked out the brains at City Hall - will post next week.
Then I dragged took John into my favourite book store, a quiet spot amid the hustle and bustle of Yonge St.
Then we "needed" some chocolate so we were into FCP to Lindt.
I headed out early for a mani pedi, it is so peaceful along the lake that early.
John went to play golf and I set off for a ramble with a few ideas in mind.
I checked out the sculpture outside the Sony Centre. I'll do a post on the sculpture another time.
Then I came across the brain at the Sony Centre, in the link above.
Then I thought I would head up to St. James Cathedral.
Cathedral Church of St. James is the home of the oldest congregation in the city. The parish was established in 1797. The Cathedral, with construction beginning in 1850 and opening for services on June 19, 1853, was one of the largest buildings in the city at the time.
Then I remembered I had read this week that there is a labyrinth in the Metropolitan Church.
Metropolitan United Church is a large neo-Gothic church. It is one of the largest and most prominent churches of the United Church of Canada.
I didn't take a photo of the outside because it is under major renovation.
My main reason to visit was to see the labyrinth.
This is based on the famous labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral.
Oh I found this mural in a laneway at Queen St. East Henry's is a fabulous camera shop.
I also walked through St. James Garden and managed to get some shops in as well before going to the market for vegetables and meat for the weekend.
Dinner is our weekly steak, baked potato and broccolini.
I realize I have not kept count of the books I have read, I will rectify that.
I finished The Decent Proposal it didn't live up to my initial feelings, in fact it left me rather deflated.
I started The O'Briens it has kept my interest because much of it is set in Montreal where I grew up. But, really, who could like Joe? Or some of the other family members. But I am a sucker for a family saga that extends from 1887 through 1960 covering three generations of the O'Brien family as I enjoy the history.