Lesser recognized buildings in Toronto that you enjoy

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  1. AlbertC

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    I like 717 Broadview as well, and coincidentally one of my favourites is the City Adult Learning Centre across the street, which is somewhat "hidden away" by its significant setback from the Danforth, and is, sadly, slowing rotting away.

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    Some older school buildings on my list:

    Central Commerce Collegiate Institute (now known as Central Toronto Academy): 570 Shaw St
    Regal Road Public School: 95 Regal Rd
    General Mercer Public School: 30 Turnberry Ave
    Niagara Street Public School: 222 Niagara St
     
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    William Burgess PS in East York (1914), which owes a lot to Dwight Perkins' "Prairie schools" in Chicago--quite avant-garde for its time and place
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    I spent most of my early life here. From daycare to grade 6! I'm happy to see it get some recognition. :D
     
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    Staying in the east end,
    Westminister Court Retirement Residences, 156 Floyd ave.

    I live across the street and have always appreciated the angled design rather than the slab towers on adjacent streets.
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    Love this thread. Continuing on the Dupont theme, there are a whole bunch (like 672 Dupont) that would make for excellent buy-out and whole-scale reno projects, some with additions of a few floors above.

    I don't know the legal address, but the NE corner of Dupont and Ossington has long been on my list; would love to see this reno'd as-is, and perhaps an upwards addition with the green motif carried through:

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    And then same goes for the NE corner of Dovercourt and Dupont, which was at least for a while slated to be the location of a Bellwoods Brewery extension:

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    Bedford Glen Condos on Avenue Road north of Lawrence. It even has an arch bridge and a waterfall
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    150 Heath Street West is serving some sweet 70s modernist brilliance:

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    Love that one!
     
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    260 Heath St W is another one for me. As with 245 Davisville, I tend to be fond of the curved brick balcony look.

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    That building is next to St. Clair West station (Heath Street exit).

    I like the 164 Merton Street building, which is owned by the Geneva Centre for Autism (I work there): https://goo.gl/maps/pf1ZEarvYNE2

    So many curves...
     
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    Forest Hills I, II, and III on Antibes Drive in North York. The minimalist architecture evokes the kind of glass towers we build today like Casa, but the complex dates back to 1971. The minimalism is striking, especially on 135 Antibes Drive. The white bands for balcony railings appear to float thanks to the thin black vertical posts. The balcony slabs undulate in a subtle yet sublime pattern. The subtleties of the balcony design are complimented by the extensive use of black-framed glass, for an exquisite effect. It's hard to believe a nearly 50-year-old complex could look so contemporary. These glass condo towers look sharper than many of our contemporary condo buildings.
     
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    Good choice. Along similar lines, 10 and 20 Avoca Ave in Deer Park are another residential development that can certainly act as an early example for today's glass tower designs. Coincidentally, they were also completed in 1971.

    http://www.acotoronto.ca/show_building.php?BuildingID=82
    http://www.acotoronto.ca/show_building.php?BuildingID=81
     
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    Greatly underappreciated, and soon to be razed, main wing of Toronto East General Hospital.

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    From UT member Traynor
     
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