Someone noticed Toronto’s iconic Mr. Christie tower with ugly graffiti

The iconic Mr. Christie’s Tower in Toronto was destroyed during the Christmas holidays.

The water tower, located at 2150 Lake Shore Blvd. W., is planned to become part of a mega-building with 15 towers, a GO station, a public park, two schools, two day care institutions and two public squares. The mixed residential and commercial property from First Capital Realty will be built on the site of the demolished Mr. Christie’s factory.

The red and white water tower is all that is left of the factory, which opened in 1948, closed in 2013 and was demolished in 2017. The tower may also have been lost, but the developers plan to preserve it and move it to one of The buildings of the buildings. public spaces, according to documents submitted to the City of Toronto.

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The plan is to keep the tower in the mega-buildings planned for the site. Reproduction by Urban Strategies and Allies & Morrison via City of Toronto submission.

The red and white tower appears to have been spray-painted with the word Forte, according to a post on the Humber Bay Shores Discussion Facebook group.

The destruction of the tower happened once on Christmas Eve, Marcia Hollings, who has a view of the water tower from her apartment, tells blogTO.

The graffiti provoked mixed reactions in the discussion group – some wondered why the old tower was still there, and others pointed out the historical significance, a reminder of the factory that had been there for so many years.

“It’s part of the neighborhood’s history,” one person wrote.

Other people found the label to be crude and ugly.

“Taggers are no different than dogs peeing on fire hydrants,” one person wrote.

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Some people wondered how the person climbed up the tower. Photo by Marcia Hollings

Other people wondered how the person managed to climb the tower.

Forte is a common brand seen around the city and this is not the first time it has appeared on a cultural heritage site. In 2017, the mark was found written across the historic Hearn Generating Station building.

The Toronto Police Service tells blogTO that they have not received any calls about the graffiti, and the developer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hopefully the old tower will soon get a facelift, but the five-phase development is still in the planning phase and is probably years away from completion.


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