One begets another in the Junction it seems, or does it?
Building number 2 certainly has had it’s facade “improved” with a serious amount of cognitive dissonance  in the way most people feel is the nature of the Junction street scape and heart. It is common to hear people new to the Junction or long time residents speak of the historical character of the community and it’s difference in living culture as well as lack of pop architecture renewal.
Building 2 would fit well in the chosen style that has developed of the area of College Street West. This areas restaurant/bar/shopping strip along College Street which is centered on intersection of College and Grace Streets has developed its own unique style from it developed culture.
This building façade going up at Dundas in the West Toronto Junction doesn’t exactly blend into its surroundings or fit the developing culture of the Junction, but its neighbors are bound for the local architecture history books. Building 1’s owner did a great job blending the cost/value situation of the façade renovation and the new old material use, this past summer
Building 3’s owners have consistently maintained their building over the years in a way consistent with the historical nature of the building. they stepped away a few years ago for th ground level area – but not so much as to harm the buildings character. with the area
At least it’s got large symmetrical windows on the second level. and the arch is a Junction historical feature, just not in the size and placement they have used. Still when this new construction is finished, it’ll really stick out.
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