Portions of the structure, the stone faced public washroom facilities will be demolished, and the steel columns faced with stone. It is a small structure that has been left in a state of neglect for several years. But the "improvements" undermine its architectural elegance, best seen in the black and white photos. With its original sculpture lit by the opening in the canopy, it makes a nice gesture to the most ordinary necessity. Sign the Petition HERE
Robert Ruggiero attributes the building to architect Alan Crossley. In a recent tweet he quotes from Councillor DiCiani´s newsletter announcing refurbishment of the structure as follows, the washrooms will be demolished, the columns will be faced with stone, the canopy will be restored and painted, with a new patterned concrete pad beneath. In a note to ACO President, architect Annabel Vaughan noted "This is a beautiful little gem of a pavilion....would be a shame to bastardize it." ACO President Catherine Nasmith wrote to the Councillor´s office to express concern about the facing of the columns in stone, the loss of the stone washroom facilities. Executive Assistant Mary Campbell responded that the concerns had been shared with Parks staff, and that "staff will implement as they deem appropriate." Note photo from Panda Fonds showing the early condition with a sculpture lit by the opening in the roof. A lovely gesture to the everyday users of the place.
On July 7, we learned that the Parks department have been in touch with Heritage Preservation Services for advice, so we look forward to improvements in the project.
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Concrete Toronto Author - Michael McLelland, Graeme Stewart Date - 2007 Page - 181, Fig. 4 Notes - Photo from the Panda Fonds,Canadian Architectural Archives, University of Calgary, PAN61464-2, Etobicoke Park Pavilion