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[PHOTO] Main room, Confederation Centre Public Library, Charlottetown

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Main room, Confederation Centre Public Library #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #library #ccpl #confederationcentreofthearts #confederationcentrepubliclibrary

The Confederation Centre Public Library, centrepiece of the Prince Edward Island public library system, is housed in one of the Confederation Centre of the Arts’ brutalist buildings. The library is shaped by this vast central chamber.

[PHOTO] Three photos from the Lillian H. Smith Library, Toronto

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Toronto’s Lillian H. Smith Library, located on 239 College Street just east of Spadina Avenue is one of my favourite libraries. Housed in a handsome building faced with yellow brick, the Lillian H. Smith branch–named after a pioneering early 20th century children’s librarian–stands out as the home to two special collections, the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy on the third floor and the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books on the fourth.

Today, when I was looking down from the fourth floor, it struck me that the interior of the Lillian H. Smith Library is quite similar to that of the Toronto Reference Library, the different floors wrapped around an atrium stretching almost to the ceiling. Both are all heights, but the Lillian H. Smith features a classy pairing of polished concrete with wood and warm carpets. My compliments to the architect, clearly!

Four floors down

Three by three

Downwards curve

Written by Randy McDonald

August 23, 2017 at 7:00 am

[PHOTO] Fourteen photos of the interior of Beaconsfield Historic House, Charlottetown

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One important thing to remember about Beaconsfield Historic House, since 1979 on the official register of Canada’s Historic Places, is that when it was built in the 1870s it was a stellar achievement. The Peakes, a dynasty of shipuilders, had grown wealthy on a Prince Edward Island that had reached the apex of its 19th century prosperity. When the Island came to share in the post-Confederation slump of young Canada, part of the long depression, the Peakes lost everything. In a real sense, the expensively fitted-out Beaconsfield can be compared to the expensive mansions of those pre-Crash businesspeople who lost everything after 2008.

Wallpaper

Tiles

Parlour

Stairs

Chandelier

Kitchen

Kitchen (2)

Bedroom (1)

Bedroom (2)

Nursery

For the children

Bedroom (3)

Stained glass

View from the porch

Written by Randy McDonald

August 22, 2017 at 7:45 pm

[PHOTO] Beaconsfield Historic House, Charlottetown

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Beaconsfield Historic House #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #beaconsfield #architecture #latergram

Beaconsfield Historic House, at 2 Kent Street on the western edge of downtown Charlottetown, was built at a time of economic boom as a mansion for a rich shipbuilding family, when the economy went bust the mansion drifted off through successive owners until it became a museum.

Designed and built by W.C. Harris in 1877 for James and Edith Peake, Beaconsfield was one of Charlottetown’s most elegant homes. Featuring the finest in materials and craftsmanship, it was also equipped with all the latest conveniences of the day. The Peakes, unfortunately, were destined to enjoy Beaconsfield for a very short time – a time filled with triumphs and tragedies.

Henry Cundall, the second owner, moved into Beaconsfield in 1883 with his sisters Penelope and Millicent. After his death in 1916, the house was used as a young ladies’ residence, and later, the “Cundall Home” became a residence for student nurses.

Today, Beaconsfield Historic House stands as a beautiful example of Victorian architecture with many original features, and, has a fascinating story to tell. It’s open year-round for tours and hosts lectures, concerts and other special events in the Carriage House. Visit our gift shop featuring Island books, magazines, pottery and prints[.]

Written by Randy McDonald

August 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

[PHOTO] Towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre

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Towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre #toronto #financialdistrict #tdcentre #torontodominioncentre #architecture #evening

I love the black Mies van der Rohe towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 20, 2017 at 7:00 am

[PHOTO] Three photos from the inside of the Toronto Reference Library

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Teddy bear with deerstalker and pipe #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #teddybear #deerstalkerhat #arthurconandoylecollection

I like a friend’s suggestion that this teddy bear, on display in the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library, should bear the name of Bearlock Holmes.

Looking down from the fifth floor #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture

Two by two, looking down #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture

Stepping outside the collection, on the fifth floor of the Reference Library, and looking down to the ground floor in the vast interior, the impressive scale of the edifice becomes clear.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 18, 2017 at 11:00 pm

[PHOTO] Provincial Administration Buildings from the west, Charlottetown

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Provincial Administration Buildings from the west #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #architecture #brutalism #latergram

Looking east from the driveway of Fanningbank on Terry Fox Drive, the Sullivan Building is visible to left in beige, while the Jones Building is visible in red at right. The Shaw Building, the third building of the Provincial Administration Buildings, lies further east, and is hidden by the Sullivan and Jones buildings.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 10, 2017 at 9:00 am