The Most Romantic Spot In Toronto (Reason #167)
The Steps of the former Commercial/ Merchant/ Bank of Montreal and now RBC Dominion Securities building inside Brookfield Place
After 14 days of what I thought were the most romantic places in the city, I have come to the most romantic spot. Now many of you are going to go WTF? What is the Merchant Bank building?! and WTF this isn’t romantic! But for me it is the place I will likely be today, because it was the place I fell in love, or what 18 year old me thought was love and it was that relationship that left my heart damaged. However, in that moment when I was there I had never been so happy and no matter what transpired after in that relationship it was the most romantic place for me.
Now we all know Brookfield Place it has that vaulting ceiling that looks like a canopy known as the Allen Lambert Galleria which is reason #141. However, built around the crystal cathedral and around all the modern new buildings is the façade of little bank. The building was built in 1845 by William Thomas who also designed St. Mike’s Cathedral, St. Lawrence Hall and the Don Jail. The building first housed the Commercial bank which was based out of Kingston Ontario. The bank did not survive and the building became the home of the Merchant Bank of Canada in 1868. However that bank also did not survive and then the building housed the Bank Of Montreal. It is unknown when the bank left the building, but one report suggests around World War Two, when Clarkson, Gordon and Dilworth moved into the building until 1969. Afterwards the history of this building seems to be lost.
Eventually the building was restored to its former glory. Now the building is not where it was before. In fact it sat on 13-15 Wellington Street. The façade was taken apart of relocated to where it is today inside Brookfield Place. You will notice this building right off the bat, with its beautiful brick colour, the windows that reflect the posts of the vaulting ceiling, the gates and the gold coloured plaque as well as RBC sign, but also because of the lamp posts that sit outside the two entrances.
But why have I named this the most romantic spot in the city. Well let’s start with a story. I met someone, who to me was perfect. I had never felt the way I did when we went out or when we talked. So one day we had a coffee date, but back in those days we didn’t have Snakes and Lattes, so we had that awkward moment when we ran out of things to discuss. However, we were walking in Brookfield Place and decided to sit on the steps of the old banks building. Now my date decided to lie across the steps and look up. Immediately I was told to do the same and look up. So I followed suit. I lay down the opposite way so our heads would touch and we looked up at the beautiful Allen Lambert Galleria. From that moment on we began talking and talking and talking. We couldn’t stop. We had gone from “we have nothing to say” to an hour of conversation and lying down on those steps. It was simple. That’s why I found it so romantic, we were the purest we could be. That is where I knew I wanted that person in my life and I eventually fell in love - or what high school me thought was love. However, no matter how much love there was, our futures saw two different paths and you know what they say, you let the one’s you love go. Stupid me, now I’m bound to be alone forever. But today, when my heart is broken or when a date fails I’ll make a detour lie on those steps and stare at the canopy above me and remember that my heart belonged to somebody once before. Maybe one day when I’m lying there our heads will meet again and we will continue our marathon of a conversation. I know your probably reading this right now and let me say I meant everything i said, but I was your past and whoever he is now - he is your future.
You can have a romantic place because of the mood, but the most romantic places for me are those with an emotional connection like the steps of the old bank inside of Brookfield Place. So to all of you who think this was a terrible conclusion to a romantic 14 days, I’m sorry I disappointed you, but whenever I think Vday and whenever I think romance I think of this moment in my life, when I was by far the happiest.
This is my most romantic spot in Toronto.