Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Our World Tuesday

September 2014 - Toronto ON

We went to Word on the Street last Sunday and dropped into the Victoria College book sale. I didn't look at the books we just wanted to check out the building.

Victoria University is a college of the University of Toronto, founded in 1836 and named for Queen Victoria. It is commonly called Victoria College, informally Vic, after the original academic component that now forms its undergraduate division. Since 1928, Victoria College has retained secular studies in the liberal arts and sciences while Emmanuel College has functioned as its postgraduate theological college.

The building was covered in scaffolding so I didn't take any photos other than these. Now that I have researched the college for this post I will definitely go back and explore further.

As we entered we saw these two stained glass windows our the door.

Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec but raised in Moncton, New Brunswick, Northrup Frye was the third child of Herman Edward Frye and of Catherine Maud Howard. Frye went to Toronto to compete in a national typing contest in 1929. He studied for his undergraduate degree at Victoria College in the University of Toronto, where he edited the college literary journal, Acta Victoriana. He then studied theology at Emmanuel College (like Victoria College, a constituent part of the University of Toronto). After a brief stint as a student minister in Saskatchewan, he was ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada. He then studied at Merton College, Oxford, before returning to Victoria College, where he spent the remainder of his professional career.

This painting of Northrup Frye was inside the college.

 But the statue of Northrup outside is outstanding!!


  1. Hi Jackie , Ah yes Merton College , definitely in my area , tucked away in the back streets of Oxford, Your photos are brilliant love the staircase but also the statue with him and his books, thanks for sharing xo

  2. Hi Jackie, ah yes definitely in my neck of the woods. Tucked away in the back streets of Oxford. Your photos are fab , the stairs and especially of him and his books, thanks for sharing xo

  3. I've posted the outside before but never been inside. It's lovely!

  4. The inside is definitely worth another look. That staircase alone is a wonderful piece of architecture.

  5. The next time I'm by, I'll have to stop there. I passed by in December and took some shots, but I never saw the statue. The interior is beautiful!


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