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Lesser recognized buildings in Toronto that you enjoy

44 North

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Maybe these aren't all that 'lesser recognized', but a couple that came to mind.

Cylinder on Alexander. It's a bit unattractive with the blue and white, but look how tall and round it is. Impossible not to notice when catching a glimpse from afar. I believe it's 16-sided (hexadecagon).

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The Huge Garner Coop. So weirdly shaped. There's brick, then orange and black aluminum-clad up top. With *bay windows*. What.

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And...do you believe in magic? Just cuz it causes curiosity to passersby. I could've sworn this building had a pentagram adornment out front but perhaps it's a false memory.

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^ the length of those has always been completely ridiculous. Reminds me of those half kilometre long buildings you find in Berlin.
 

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^those are actually 5 different buildings, each about 500m long. Still pretty funky, but not as ridiculous as 4.5km sounds.
 

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I've always had a soft spot for the pavilions on the Islands – I love the low brown brick and the concrete lily-pads. Also, the carousel café building on Centre Island.

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Also, a shout out to the little modernist pavilion attached to the front of Knox Presbyterian church at Spadina and Harbord, which is I think not long for this world, but I've always thought was quite charming:

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I am wondering if people around the GTA shares a similar taste with the downtown Torontonians.
 

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I've always liked The Americana at 141 Erskine Ave. Designed by Uno Prii, 1963. Took this shot last month:
 

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The consistent problem with these Priis: pallid, unsympathetic balcony replacements. (Here's what 44 Walmer looked like before)

 

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Weston Centre is one of my favourite buildings in the city, and it is definitely not well recognized. Most people outside this forum probably wouldn't even place it in Toronto. The shape, cladding, atrium all form a really unique looking structure. I wish those 4 structures on the ground floor were not built, and the building's unique atrium could've been more visible (and also placed at ground level, rather than being elevated).

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