My little corner of Queen and University

This time, I’d like to show you around my neighbourhood. In this post, I’d like to highlight the corner of Queen Street West and University Avenue.

A few years ago, our offices moved from the financial district of Toronto to a more interesting and vibrant neighbourhood. This corner is definitely a lot more, shall we say, “exciting” because of our neighbour to the north of us. The U.S. Embassy gets a lot of visitors/protesters and right across the embassy are the court houses. Queen Street West in general is a bit more lively with MuchMusic building and the club district just a few blocks down. These photos were taken over different seasons, with the exception of winter. Too depressing to go out unless I’m hitting the slopes! Besides, slush is just yucky, snow is much prettier.

The Canada Life Building

The Canada Life Building, built between 1929 and 1931, is one of the oldest buildings in Toronto and it’s a real treat for me to work here. I know, some of you are thinking – that is not old. But, it’s old according to Toronto standards. You know what’s really cool about this building? The weather beacon at the top. There are two components to the beacon: (i) the top light (steady green = clear; steady red = cloudy; flashing red = rain; and flashing white = snow); and (ii) the white lights right under the beacon (if the lights are running up = temperature will be rising; if the lights are running down = expect drop in temperature, and if it is steady, well, obviously steady temperature). The information is updated by Environment Canada. Pretty neat, eh? Now you know.

View from across the street at the court house.

Close up view of the entrance.

View from the back.

View from Osgoode Hall.

In case you’re wondering what it looks like from the interior, I managed to take one photo but it came out a little blurry but here it is…

My view of the front doors while I was waiting for the elevators. I know it was taken in the winter because the carpets are still on the floor. You can’t see the mosaic pattern.

Flower arrangement at the front of the building.

Flower arrangement at the back of the building by Simcoe Street.

Campbell House

Campbell House is located at the south end of the Canada Life Campus. We actually had our Christmas party here one year. It is an example of Georgian structure from 1822. It’s the last remaining house from the old city of York.  It was originally located farther east on Adelaide Street, and was moved to its present location in 1972. The house has been designated as a Heritage Site.  The Campbell House was the residence of Sir William Campbell (1758-1834), who was appointed the Chief Justice for the Province of Upper Canada (now Ontario) in 1825.

Osgoode Hall

Osgoode Hall was constructed between 1829 and 1832 and named after William Osgoode, the first chief justice of Ontario. Today, it houses the Law Society of Upper Canada and the courts. What I love most about Osgoode Hall are the grounds. My friend had her wedding photos taken here.

View looking east. That’s the clock tower from Old City Hall.

Four Seasons Centre – Canadian Opera Company

The Four Seasons Centre is relatively new – completed in 2006. It is “a theatre built specifically for opera and balletperformances with the finest level of acoustics” according to the site. I haven’t had the pleasure of attending one of the performances but plan to go sometime soon.

And on the southwest corner of University Avenue and Queen Street West is an office building.

There is an island that runs in the middle of University Avenue.

The South African War Memorial.

View looking north on University Avenue with the Canada Life Building on the Left and the South African War Memorial on the right.

The Adam Beck Memorial. View looking south of University Avenue. See the tall building to the right of flag pole? That is the new Shangri-La Tower (still under construction).

Shangri-La Tower Toronto

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About May Dayao

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3 Responses to My little corner of Queen and University

  1. Nice to see your neighbourhood! It’s a so big!!! So much space you have…I love that. Give me the feeling to be free 🙂

    • May Dayao says:

      Thank you and I totally agree! University Avenue is one of the widest streets here in Toronto if not the widest. Unfortunately, most of Toronto is not like this corner. There’s a boom in condo building all over the city with what seems like no thought to planning. I think Toronto is like a hodgepodge when it comes to architecture. The current craze is glass buildings.

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