Monday, March 9, 2020

Tuesday Treasures Around the World

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.
Travel Tuesday
Our World Tuesday
My Corner of the World

Toronto ON

Continuing with tours of the University of Toronto.

Image Source - Wikipedia
All other photos are mine - I didn't have a photo of the building.

Hart House is a student activity centre at the University of Toronto. Established in 1919, it is one of the earliest North American student centres. Hart House was initiated and financed by Vincent Massey, an alumnus and benefactor of the university, and was named in honour of his grandfather, Hart Massey.

Hart's grandsons' Vincent and Raymond also became famous in very opposite ways. Vincent became the Governor General of Canada in 1952 and Raymond was an actor.

Conceived as a place for cultural, intellectual and recreational functions alike, Hart House's facilities include a gymnasium, swimming pool, shooting range (presently used only for archery), theatre, art gallery, reading and sitting rooms, lounges and reception areas, offices, library, music rooms, conference and study rooms, restaurant and auditoriums.


The Collegiate Gothic-revival complex was the work of architect Henry Sproatt, who worked alongside decorator Alexander Scott Carter, and engineer Ernest Rolph, and subsequently designed the campanile at its southwestern corner, Soldiers' Tower.

This Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque can be found on the outside wall, near the northwestern corner of Hart House, off Tower Road on the University of Toronto grounds. Here's what it says:

Graham was instrumental in establishing physiotherapy in Canada. Trained in massage and remedial gymnastics, she rehabilitated soldiers wounded in the First World War and taught at the Military School of Orthopaedic Surgery and Physiotherapy, here at Hart House. In 1929, she helped create a diploma program at the University of Toronto. Her advocacy ensured that accredited physiotherapists served as officers in the military and at convalescent hospitals during the Second World War. The Enid Graham Memorial Lecture pays tribute to this founding member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.


  1. ...details, details, details, I LOVE the cornerstone, that one is a work of art! Thanks Jackie, I hope that you are enjoying a taste of spring.

  2. From the first picture I assumed it was in England. Ha! Lovely pics.

  3. This looks like a lovely campus. I enjoyed your photos of the sculptures, stained glass window, and stately buildings.

  4. What a wonderfully majestic place! I love all the awesome architecture.

    Your link-up at 'My Corner of the World' is very much appreciated!

    My Corner of the World

  5. What a wonderful building and a great tribute to Enid Graham too.

  6. A great Post for the World on Tuesday. Wonderful captures, thank
    you for sharing.

  7. Soldiers Tower is particularly eye catching.


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