LOST TORONTO: IMAGES OF THE CITY'S PAST
Volume 21 Number 5
Most North American cities are not very old and do not possess the rich and varied architecture found in their older European and Asian counterparts. In addition, historically, North American cities have been destroyed and rebuilt on a periodic basis. Toronto, which celebrated its two hundredth birthday this year, has also been a victim of this North American tendency. Indeed, the majority of buildings catalogued in this volume by architectural historian William Dandy were destroyed during Toronto's growth spurt after World War II.
Dandy has collected photographs of about 150 buildings and described their history and fate in loving terms. While it might be tempting for non-Torontonians to view the willing and massive destruction of the city's history for the sake of progress with a certain amount of self-righteousness, readers must remember that very few North American cities have preserved their architectural heritage. Dendy, at least, is reminding us of what was once a more elegant Toronto.
This history of the demolished buildings of Toronto is recommended for purchase by people who are interested in "lost" buildings.
Marsha Kaiserman is conferences cataloguer at Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information in Ottawa, Ontario.
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