Why I Love Toronto
Tower Automotive Building
I haven’t done an abandoned building in quite a while, but at one point they made up a majority of my blog posts. So let’s go back to my blogs roots and talk about the beautiful Tower Automotive building that overlooks the Junction Triangle.
An amazing piece of art deco architecture built by J.W. Schreiber, the building stands 10 storeys high and was one of the city’s tallest buildings when it was built in 1919/1920 by Northern Aluminium. Ownership eventually switched to Tower Automotive, but no one knows when. What is known is that Tower Automotive declared bankruptcy in 2005 and abandoned the building in 2006. The industrial landmark once produced sheet metal, aluminum and car parts and today stands as a heritage property.
It was very hard to find any information about the history of the building, but looking at the photos people have taken of the interior I am have fallen utterly in love. The exterior itself is fabulous, but the interior, has some breathtaking qualities. A highlight for myself are the columns, some of which have been covered in graffiti and others that have this interesting teal tint to them. The columns for me are symbol for strength and power, all qualities I think of when I see this building. The attitude I have of this building, when I see it on my bike ride down the West Toronto Railpath, is that of a guardian of the former industrial area.
Another interior highlight is the elevator, which one website said was the first in Canada – but could not be confirmed. It has these beautiful wood doors, which leads me to understand why that rumour, if true, was started. Lastly the view from the top is truly stunning and gives you a great view of the junction-triangle.
For the past 8 years the building has become a canvas for graffiti artists, a photographers dream and a place for urban explorers to go on a local adventure. It has also sadly become a drug lair and home for the homeless. It has on occasion been used to host art installations, such as Art Spin which used it in 2013 and this year it was used for an EDM event and let me tell you it is my dream to go to an EDM event in an industrial warehouse.
Now I have never been inside the building, but I am forever in awe of it. I did pass by it once and the door was wide open. I was tempted to go in, but decided not to because my phone was dead and I didn’t know what lurked in the dark depths of this heritage building.
All in all if you are in the junction triangle, take a detour to Sterling Road for an up close look at this building or the West Toronto Rail Path for a view that will truly highlights it height and dominance.