Toronto Public Library Yorkville

Toronto Public Library Yorkville

Toronto Public Library Yorkville
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Neighbourhood: Yorkville
How to get there
  • Bloor-Yonge • 4 min walk
  • Bay • 4 min walk
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Very good

Dover, NH10,956 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
While visiting Canadian friends with some friends from home, we went on daytrips to Toronto twice, using the GO Train from Aldershot Train Station in Burlington. The train took us into Union Station which is in a section of the Financial District in Downtown Toronto on Front Street.

After visiting the Toronto Dominion Gallery of Intuit Art, Brookfield Place, and the Design Exchange, we headed for Sud Forno on Temperance for lunch.

From the Financial District, we headed out toward the Yorkville Village area, a mixed area or residential, retail, office buildings. Some upscale retailers were out that way.

The first important building our Canadian friends brought us to was the Yorkville Branch of the Toronto Public Library. It was built in 1907 with a grant from the Carnegie Corp.

It‘s an important piece of architecture. It’s the Toronto Public Library’s oldest building It was designed in the opulent Beaux Arts style by city architect Robert McCallum.

It’s made of yellow brick made with Ohio sandstone. This construction material is common in public buildings in Canada.

If the building were larger, it would have been more impressive. It’s a worth a stop to admire it en route to other sections of Yorkville.

As piece of architecture, we rate the Yorkville Branch of the Toronto Public Library at 3.75.

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Written 16 February 2019
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