Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rotman SchoolRotman School construction

The Rotman School is expanding

The design on the hoarding shows the plan to wrap the new glass towers around this heritage house on St George St.

WindowViews

15 comments:

Louise said...

I'm a real traditionalist, and I hate to see people-sized buildings dwarfed by towering constructions. But I guess needs must when there are so many people in the world! Greetings from Italy via Window Views.

VioletSky said...

So am I, Louise.
Actually, I rather like the angles of the windows in the main building, but I can't see how the addition will complement the house. And I wonder how the house will be used.

Carletta said...

I would so rather see them incorportate the old house with its lovely details as tear it down in the name of progress. I'm wondering of the prominence of the house in the schools beginnings perhaps that might influence keeping it.
Interesting concept - thanks for sharing this intricate window view!

Manang Kim said...

That's a modern structure very nice line and glass window or walls all over. Happy weekend!

Windows and doors

VioletSky said...

I have done more research, Carletta ...
the Rotman School of Management is part of the University of Toronto, and this old house is owned by the U of T. It has been designated a Heritage Property and the university will be making alterations to it that will keep the building in its entirety.

VioletSky said...

Manang Kim: yes, I rather like all the lines. if you are interested, the link will show the inside.

VioletSky said...

Ilana: your comment came up below, on the water tower post, but yes, it is interesting to see the juxtaposition of old and new.

ewok1993 said...

modern and traditional sharing the same street; although I would have preferred traditional next to traditional.

VioletSky said...

It has turned into one of those strange, jarring sights, ewok, where the older house (building) now looks out of place among all the newer, much larger buildings!

LADYHIGHTOWER said...

I'm not sure I agree with the melding of the modern and "vintage" buildings. Too bad the old house couldn't have been moved to a more appropriate setting. Blessings!

VioletSky said...

Unfortunately, there isn't a "more appropriate setting", Ladyhightower. This is right in downtown Toronto in the university downtown campus area. The house is typical of the gracious homes built in this exclusive area in the late 19th century. So a compromise must be made. Thank goodness it was designated a heritage property long ago.

Lew said...

Great windows post! ANd it does illustrate the continuing conflict between preserving the old ways and moving on with the new. I'm glad they are protecting this old house - iy looks well preserved.

VioletSky said...

It does, doesn't it, Lew? I suppose it is a good thing that many of these older homes sat on a large swath of land that could be easily severed.

Stine in Ontario said...

Hmmmm. I wonder how this will turn out. :)

VioletSky said...

I am imagining the soul of this house is feeling a bit dwarfed, Stine.

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