This was the third stop for Doors Open 2017.
Commerce Court North - the HQ of Canadian Bank of Commerce - has always been one of my favourite buildings in the downtown core (both the exterior and interior). I didn't take any pics of the exterior carvings, gargoyles, etc. as i can get those anytime.
There were so many historical artifacts (Canadian money from various decades, guns, etc.) on display but the glass and lighting plus the reflections of lots of people made it pointless to photograph.
1. Completed in 1931 by Darling and Pearson (Bank of Commerce at 197 Yonge, AGO, ROM, Mount Pleasant Mausoleum) with the help of York and Sawyer, the 34-storey limestone clad tower was the tallest building in the British Empire/Commonwealth until 1962.
2 & 3. Murals by Hamilton artist Arthur Crisp.
4. The architect couldn't find the precise shade of blue that he wanted for the ceiling, until he saw a construction worker's shirt. He bought the shirt from the man for $1 and showed it to the paint mixer, who produced the shade seen in the spots above.
5. For the first time ever, one of the magnificent historical chandeliers in the North Tower was lowered for up-close viewing.
6. The banking hall is said to be modelled after the Baths of Caracalla in Rome.
7. This area was sealed off for doors open. I'm shooting over a 6 or 7 ft barrier.
8. The plaque below this said: This screen is deciated to the memory of those of our staff who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918