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MAY 2019 NGM_0988_7594-1-222

Toronto Flat Iron Building...


There are a few of these scattered across the world. one is in our very own Toronto. The Toronto Flatiron Building was built in 1891 and is one of the most photographed buildings in Toronto. It was purchased from the Goodenham family who were in the distillery business and owned Gooderham and Worts Distillery.


It was designed by architect David Roberts and its unique shape makes it the first flatiron building preceding the Flatiron building in New York. This red brick Gothic Romanesque landmark is located in downtown Toronto at the intersection of Front st. Wellington St. and Church Street. The Flatiron building had the first manually operated elevator in the city.


In 1975 the Flatiron building was declared a National Historic Site. It is now owned by Michael and Anne Tippin. They bought the building in 1998 and made major restorations. At the back of the building a mural is painted by Canadian artist Derek Besant which is a mirror image of the building across the street.


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Taken on May 5, 2019