Toronto’s architectural gems – Bank at Bathurst and College Streets


The impressive bank building on the northeast corner of College and Bathurst Streets is one of Toronto’s architectural gems, as it is one of the few buildings remaining in Toronto that has ceramic tiles employed as cladding on its facades.

In 1891,  J. Clooney operated a flour and feed store on this site. In 1900, Isaac French took over the business, but shared the premises with Edward Pease, who sold leather horse whips. In 1904, the Metropolitan Bank located a branch on the site, its manager being T. B. Clarke. The head office of the Metropolitan Bank was at 7-9 King Street E, and its general manger was Frank W. Baille. The bank operated another branch at 33 Richmond Street West.

In 1913, the architectural firm of Darling and Pearson designed the building that remains on the site today at 440 College Street for a branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia. It’s style is reminiscent of a Roman temple, as it contains many classical designs and two massive Doric pilasters on either side of the doorway.

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                 The ornate facade of the bank, with its white ceramic tiles.


The impressive doorway of the 1913 bank building is a graceful Roman arch.


          The west facade of the bank building, facing Bathurst Street.

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