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October 03, 2016

LIUNA Station (former Hamilton C.N.R. Station) (1931)
Location: Hamilton, ONArchitects: John Schofield (C.N.R. Corporate Architect); Renovation and Adaptive Reuse by John Mokrycke...
Image Credit: Library and Archives Canada
Architectural Credit: John Schofield (C.N.R. Corporate Architect); Renovation and Adaptive Reuse by Architect John Mokrycke, Lintack Architects

February 29, 2016

Runnymede Branch Library (1930, 2005)
Like many other building types, libraries are constantly facing ever-changing needs, needing frequent improvements and upgrades in order to...
Image Credit: Photo courtesy of Toronto Archives, 1930
Architectural Credit: John M. Lyle (1930) and G. Bruce Stratton Architects (2005)
-G. Bruce Stratton Architects

February 19, 2016

Toronto Reference Library (1909)
Of the 111 libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie in Ontario, none was larger (or more expensive) than Toronto’s first purpose-built...
Image Credit: Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co. Ltd., Montreal and Toronto, 1910. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library
Architectural Credit: Wickson & Gregg and A.H. Chapman, Associated Architects

January 11, 2016

Carnegie Libraries
“Take away all unnecessary decorations, overmantels, over-counters, partitions, mock marble pillars and large hallways, and plan...
Image Credit: Notes on Library Bildings, New York, Carnegie Corporation, 1911
Architectural Credit: Various