Even on Toronto’s most bitterly blustery days, it’s balmy inside the Allan Gardens Conservatory. Its greenhouses are home to orchids, bromeliads, cacti, succulents, and—beneath a soaring glass dome—banana trees and palms.
The horticultural center first sprouted in 1858, with a five-acre plot of land donated to the Toronto Horticultural Society by the politician George William Allan. By 1879, the site housed a wood, iron, and glass conservancy, which hosted galas, concerts, and flower shows. Then, a fire licked through in 1902. For several minutes, “the cracking of the flames was relieved by the curious tinkling sounds of thousands of falling panes” fracturing from the ceiling, the Ottawa Journal reported at the time.
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|Regent Park: Heritage en||1.1km||site_izi|
|Portuguese Toronto: Early Decades en||2.3km||site_izi|
|The Moose at the Toronto Police Museum||2019||0.7km||site_ao|
|Rock of the Matterhorn||2019||2.4km||site_ao|
|Redpath Sugar Refinery Museum||2019||2.2km||site_ao|
|This Whimsical Fountain Pays Tribute to Dogs||2019||1.6km||site_ao|
|The Toronto Library’s Hidden Sherlock Holmes Room||2018||1.4km||site_ao|
|Simcoe Park ‘Worker’s Monument’||2018||2.2km||site_ao|
|Winter Garden Theatre||2018||1.1km||site_ao|
|Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto||1.4km||site_brutalism|
|Ryerson University Library||0.6km||site_brutalism|
|Robarts Research Library||1968||1.9km||site_brutalism|
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