Monday, May 26, 2014

Our World Tuesday

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Our World Tuesday

May 2014 - Toronto ON

We went to some of the buildings opened to the public this past weekend as part of Doors Open.

Another building we went into was the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Peter Munk,(born November 8, 1927) is a Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He is the chairman and founder of the mining company Barrick Gold, the world's largest gold-mining corporation. He is also a major donor to the University of Toronto, to which he has donated $50.9 million to establish the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Year: 1909
Style: Revival (1800-Early 1900)

Originally constructed in 1909 the building served as a meteorological observation centre and home to the Dominion Meteorological Service. In the 1930s a 24-hour weather service operated from the observatory tower—it was instrumental during the Second World War in training pilots to identify weather patterns.

 In 1975, the University of Toronto made the historic building home to admissions and awards. The architecture of the building is notable for combining the features of Romanesque Revival with the requirements of an observatory program. Presently, the address 315 Bloor St. W. reflects both its heritage and new purpose as the home of the Munk School of Global Affairs. The stunning renovation was made possible through the extraordinary benefaction of Peter and Melanie Munk and the generous support of our Federal and Provincial governments.

 NO PHOTOS allowed on the third floor.


  1. I really like the intricate craftmanship of the carvings on the building.

  2. Its a fine old building!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

  3. Thanks or showing us around. Being a Prof. of Meteorology's widow I appreciate the old shot of the Observatory.and am so glad that the building is still in some kind of service.

  4. Heisann!
    I suddenly saw a Norwegian designed sofa! Made by Norway says...

  5. These open door events are important. So many nooks and crannies of our cities can remain a secret throughout our entire lives unless we take the time when we can to walk through the doors and explore the stories. And you took that another step by sharing with us. Much appreciated :)


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