Three Architectural Gems in Toronto that Capture Attention

Toronto is filled with architecturally stunning buildings that showcase many different styles. Naturally, we’re interested in the custom doors that add a beautiful touch to these noteworthy buildings! Let’s take a look at three famous structures that have a lasting place in history.

Canada Life Building – Built in just 18 months between 1929 and 1931, this building features classic Art Deco style. This style is most easily recognized for its heavy use of geometric shapes and hard lines. Windows often feature rectangular panes of different sizes and stained glass panels. The Canada Life Building had the distinction of being the tallest building in Toronto for several decades. In its early days, the public could go to the Tower Room to enjoy beautiful views of the city. The building’s main door is an extravagant, detailed piece of art and can still be enjoyed by visitors.

Design Exchange Door Photo - Polar Ray-O-Max WindowsDesign Exchange Toronto – Though it is known today as the Design Exchange of Toronto, this impressive building originally opened in 1937 as the original Stock Exchange of Toronto. It features elements of both the Art Deco and Modern architectural styles. The shiny, metallic-like custom doors of the Design Exchange feature 14 large circle-shaped icons representing various industries of the time. Similar iconography can also be found throughout key points in the building.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Door Photo - Polar Ray-O-Max Windows BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – The newest of these three examples, this building opened to the public in 2007. It has a distinct, Indian-inspired style that is very different from the two examples above. The building has domes, pillars, and an oversized central staircase that gives the property a larger-than-life feeling. It also features intricately carved custom doors that you have to see for yourself to fully appreciate.

Thanks to Sweet One for the great picture of the Canada Life Building Doors, colros for the great picture of the details on the doors of the Design Exchange, and Ian Muttoo for the great picture of the front of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.