and the self-consciously arty antics of the wonderful college kids who decorate its sidewalks would lift my mood immediately.
What a structure! - primary coloured pencil-like pillars supporting a checkerboard pillbox designed by Alsop Architects of UK. Looks like a spotted alien hovering above the park, the multi-coloured Victorian home next door and (mercifully) the little green park.
Some Canadian greats attended and/or taught at OCA. Arthur Lismer was vice-principal in 1920, J.E.H. Macdonald principal in 1929 - 1933. Students include David Blackwood, Jack Bush, Frank Carmichael, William Kurelek, Doris McCarthy and Michael Snow.
1921 - the Ontario College of Art opens its first building, the august structure which sits just east of the Grange, and makes a matched pair with it.
1957 - the main campus opens at 100 McCaul, an extension of the original Grange wing. Finally... all departments finally under one roof. I expect the trillium plaque below dates from that time.
Here's a rather tedious powerpoint about
the construction of the Sharp Centre
So now I'm outed...this lover of serene and under-stated neoclassical and regency architecture, likes the Sharp Centre. Must go have another chuckle...at their expense.
|Art school in 1931 - thanks to Jimmy Wales|
|OCA's first home at left, Sharp Centre at right - different ideas|
about what an art school might look like?