Unbuilt Toronto by Mark Osbaldeston
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Unbuilt Toronto
By Mark Osbaldeston

Unbuilt Toronto

A History of the City That Might Have Been

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Unbuilt Toronto by Mark Osbaldeston

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Legislative Assembly of Ontario Speaker's Book Award 2012.
  • Shortlisted for Heritage Toronto Book Award 2009.
  • Shortlisted for Toronto Book Award 2009.

Book Description

Unbuilt Toronto explores never-realized building projects in and around Toronto, from the citys founding to the twenty-first century. Delving into unfulfilled and largely forgotten visions for grand public buildings, landmark skyscrapers, highways, subways, and arts and recreation venues, it outlines such ambitious schemes as St. Alban's Cathedral, the Queen subway line and early city plans that would have resulted in a Paris-by-the-Lake. Readers may lament the loss of some projects (such as the Eatons College Street tower), be thankful for the disappearance of others (a highway through the Annex), and marvel at the downtown that could have been (with underground roads and walkways in the sky). Featuring 147 photographs and illustrations, many never before published, Unbuilt Toronto casts a different light on a city you thought you knew.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781550028355
ISBN-10: 1550028359
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 228mm x 13mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Dundurn Group Ltd
Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - Mark Osbaldeston

Mark Osbaldeston has written and spoken extensively on Toronto's architectural and planning history. His first book, Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City That Might Have Been, was the subject of an exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, was a finalist for the Toronto Book Awards, and received a Heritage Toronto Award of Merit. He lives in Toronto.

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