Photographer's Note

Visited during the Door Open event. The building, a.k.a. Tower Automotive building, is a Heritage & Historic Site. On the event's web page the building is described as follows:

Built in 1919, this building, designed by architect John W. Woodman of Winnipeg, was once the tallest in Toronto. Active until 2006, it was originally a factory that produced aluminum products for World War II, and later made items such as kitchen tools, bottle caps and car parts. When it opened a hundred years ago, this building was considered innovative because it did not use beams for support. Instead, it pioneered a new approach called concrete flat slab architecture. Each floor is a slab of reinforced concrete and is supported by concrete columns - the mushrooms you see on each floor, which distribute the weight to the floor below. Once an example of innovation, and now a heritage building, today it houses the most innovative ideas and art.

The bottom picture shows a view of the 3rd floor of the building, where Mark Dion's temporary exhibition, The Life of a Dead Tree, was on display. The tree is an approximately 150 years old white ash and used to brings our attention to observing and caring for Ontarios natural ecosystems.

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