The Gooderham Building built in 1891 has survived the evolution of Toronto through the 20th century and into the 21st century, its unique triangular site creates an interesting spatial atmosphere and stands as a landmark in both space and time. Located at 49 Wellington Street East, at Church and Front Street East, the site was a central point in the booming distillery district at the time of construction.
The Gooderham Building is a snapshot in Toronto’s architectural history, its unique character reminds us of a time before skyscrapers, a time when monumental architecture was just beginning to take force and a time when the Gooderham and Worts Disttilery was growing exponentially. Known by almost all locals as the Flatiron Building, it is easily the most photographed building in Toronto, as tour bus’s come and go you can watch the tourist take their photo from each for the six pedestrians crosswalks ensuring they have a photo from every angle. The blend of history, location, site, style and scale make the Gooderham Buildings one of the most significant, interesting and beautiful pieces of architecture in the city.
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