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Last Update: July 11 2016

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Oculus
The Occulus, Etobicoke, photo Catherine Nasmith

AT RISK INFORMATION
At risk status:
This building is at risk

Info:
Portions of the structure, the stone faced public washroom facilities will be demolished, and the steel columns faced with stone. It is a small structure that has been left in a state of neglect for several years. But the "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. Sign the Petition HERE

BUILDING INFORMATION
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Name & Location
Oculus
South Humber Park
Humber Bay, Etobicoke

Owner:
City of Toronto Parks

First Owner:
Etobicoke Parks

OTHER IDENTIFICATION
Alternate names:
Etobicoke Park Pavillion

Notes:
Robert Ruggiero attributes the building to architect Alan Crossley. In a recent tweet he quotes from Councillor DiCiani´s newsletter announcing refurbishment of the structure as follows, the washrooms will be demolished, the columns will be faced with stone, the canopy will be restored and painted, with a new patterned concrete pad beneath. In a note to ACO President, architect Annabel Vaughan noted "This is a beautiful little gem of a pavilion....would be a shame to bastardize it." ACO President Catherine Nasmith wrote to the Councillor´s office to express concern about the facing of the columns in stone, the loss of the stone washroom facilities. Executive Assistant Mary Campbell responded that the concerns had been shared with Parks staff, and that "staff will implement as they deem appropriate." Note photo from Panda Fonds showing the early condition with a sculpture lit by the opening in the roof. A lovely gesture to the everyday users of the place. On July 7, we learned that the Parks department have been in touch with Heritage Preservation Services for advice, so we look forward to improvements in the project. Sign the Petition: https://www.change.org/p/architectural-conservancy-save-the-toronto-oculus

Status:
Completed

Year Completed:
1959

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Companies:
No data at this time

BUILDING DATA
Floors:
1

Type:
Pavillion

Current use:
Public washroom

Main Style:
Modernist

Sources:

Sources

  1. Concrete Toronto
    Author - Michael McLelland, Graeme Stewart
    Date - 2007
    Page - 181, Fig. 4
    Notes - Photo from the Panda Fonds,Canadian Architectural Archives, University of Calgary, PAN61464-2, Etobicoke Park Pavilion

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