It was a foggy morning when I walked down McCaul Street.
The CN Tower had its head in the clouds.
below: As I walked south on McCaul, this wall caught my eye. It’s in an alley that runs perpendicular to McCaul but it can be seen from the street.
below: There are a number of small lanes and alleys in the area and like most alleys, there was graffiti to be found such as these two animals – a whale and a bird having a friendly chat.
below: Bugs Bunny is easy to find; he’s on McCaul.
below: Just around the corner from the Wascally Wabbit is the Cat in the Hat from the Dr. Suess book of the same name. This time, the cat’s mischief involves a can of spray paint. Extra info: yes, you can still get Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Toronto.
below: More Dr. Suess, this time Thing 1 and Thing 2. They are on the same mural as the Cat in the Hat and are running towards him.
below: Once upon a time you could smell fresh bread when you walked down McCaul but now Silversides bakery sits empty.
below: Old row houses on Baldwin Street. Most of the remaining old houses on Baldwin, especially those close to McCaul, have been converted into restaurants.
below: A cheerful yellow house – another example of the older houses in the neighbourhood.
below: More colours…. evenly divided in pink and yellow. They share a gable and a porch, both of which have interesting details in the woodwork.
below: There’s not as much paint on these houses. Instead, there is two coloured brick pattern on all walls of the front of the house. I wonder how many other houses have brick patterns hiding under their paint?
below: The sign beside the door says: Chinese Seniors Health & Recreation Association of Ontario. An old Bell telephone booth sits on the corner.
below: The blue wall of the Art Gallery of Ontario as seen from the other side of Grange Park. Grange Park has been under renovation for a number of months now but it is looking like it is close to completion. Part of the renovation has involved creating a new space for Henry Moore’s sculpture, Large Two Forms, which sits on the corner of Dundas and McCaul at the moment. The couple in this photo caught my eye because she’s in shorts and he’s in a parka with the hood up.
below: Another Grange Park upgrade is the playground.
below: A lonely urban tree hiding amongst the clutter on the sidewalk.
below: A large mural celebrating the Ride to Conquer Cancer covers the wall beside the entrance to the parking lot of Princess Margaret Hospital.
below: This is painted in a slightly different style than the one above!
below: Sitting beside the anser face.
below: More faces, this time two faces merged into one.
below: Someone also has a homonym problem.
below: Not just a poser bunny, but an honest poser bunny.
below: A lone survivor. The Richard Purdom House is the last house standing on this stretch of McCaul. Richard Purdom was the architect and original owner of the house (1877). It is a heritage building that “displays features of the Italinate style”. Most of the buildings around it are hospital buildings (Mt. Sinai and Princess Margaret). There is usually a car parked in front.
below: Another bit of history – the bell tower of St. George the Martyr Anglican Church stands near the south entrance of Grange Park. The original church first opened its doors here in 1845. It could seat 750 people and the tower was topped with a spire that reached 150 feet. In the early morning of 13 Feb 1955, the church burned. The new church is behind the tower and part of the grounds is now a garden dedicated to the memory of the old church and its early congregations
below: Just before the end of the post… I’m throwing in one window picture because every walk needs a window as much as this wall needs a fresh coat of paint!