07 . 08 . 2016

Save the Toronto Oculus

AUTHOR Architectural Conservancy of Ontario

The Oculus in South Humber Park, a Modernist pavilion built in 1959 by Alan Crossley, has recently been added to ACO Toronto’s list of at risk buildings due to a new planned refurbishment which will negatively alter portions of the structure. Specifically, the stone faced public washroom facilities will be demolished, and the steel columns will be faced with stone. It is a small structure that has been left in a state of neglect for several years, but the new “improvements” undermine its architectural elegance, best seen in the black and white photos. With its original sculpture lit by the opening in the canopy, it makes a nice gesture to the most ordinary necessity.
More information on ACO Toronto, TO Built, and other at risks buildings can be found at: http://www.acotoronto.ca/

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