This weekend was another year of Doors Open where a lot of the buildings around Toronto are open for the public to see and tour for free. This is a great opportunity for those who are curious and want to learn more about the history of the buildings. Many of them, they are never open to the public so this is really the only chance to see. I learned a lot this weekend, much like information overload with all the new places I saw this year. This was my second year going only so I already only picked the ones that I didn’t see last year. I must say, I still have a lot on the list to see – hope they will continue this next year! I did A LOT of walking these 2 days as I was on foot around downtown and refuse to pay for TTC. I’ve calculated my routes for the past 2 days and it came out to 20 km, that is a lot! Luckily, I wore running shoes the whole time, not trying to be fashionable and wear flats. My feet are tired right now but at least not in pain with blisters.
There is a lot to share but I think today’s eye-opener or highlight of the day was when I was at Massey Tower. So from the short description from the website, it said it will showcase “This tour will offer a mix of past and present as visitors to this unique building will have an opportunity to see a historical Toronto landmark from 1905, complete with its original facade and floor mosaics as well as the beautiful and opulent interior of Massey Tower’s high-rise presentation centre.” So in my expectation, I thought I would be seeing the history and architecture of this building, didn’t clue into my head that it turned out to be a condo presentation centre.
It was weird, when I got there, there were a bunch of mandarin speaking Chinese people in a tour group, with tour leaders waiting at the entrance for the centre to open. I couldn’t really understand what the tour guide was saying but basically, he was pointing at the picture of the condo to prepare them. Then, when the doors open, they just rushed right into the door, typically of them without any orderly manners. I managed to squeeze in but during the whole entire time, I did not want to be associated with what so ever. The sales centre was really pretty, I loved the black chandelier and the wallpaper with the fake moldings.
It turns out, they were all eager to see the model suite and taking pictures of random decorations. I don’t know if this was a “buying” tour cause once I finish seeing the model unit, I walked out but there were so many sales agent all ready to attack the people. And the people were all sitting there, waiting to be greeted. I really liked the painting they had on the wall, very urban chic. But as for the model unit, they said it is 645 sq.ft. which is even bigger than the condo I’m living now. The layout makes it look so much smaller than mine. The den was probably 1/2 the size of mine. All the furnishings were very elegant but not practical for sure. For example, there is no way I can have this desk as my home office, my computer will take up 1/2 the space and what do I do with all the papers that I have??
The bedroom was probably the same size but it doesn’t have a real door, just a hole and the closet is actually outside of the bedroom. The kitchen was even small than mine and all the appliances like the stove was definitely like a 24″ or even smaller, you can probably only fit 2 pans at the same time. There was even no room for a TV… the sofa pretty much was facing the dinning table. I would rather keep my unit. And I’m sure the price costs super high because of the prime location at Yonge St / Queen St. I pretty darted out the door once I was done looking… getting away from these mainland ppl, they are scary when there are crowds of them. And I did not learn a thing about the history of this building.