On December 7th 2009 I had the opportunity to do something I've wanted to do since moving in to this neighbourhood: I explored the Tower Automotive building Sterling Rd. Four of us from the TLR Club photography group spent the snowy Monday afternoon wandering through the building, admiring the architecture and views, and of course taking many photos.
The Tower Automotive building on Sterling Road is a fascinating place. Because of its height and location (no other tall buildings nearby) it's one of the most easily recognizable features of this neighbourhood, from miles around. I won't go into too much detail about the property or development plans, which you can read about here, so I'll just move on to the photo tour.
These first two photos were taken on the ground floor of the building. I'm not sure why, but the main level had a hardwood floor instead of concrete like everywhere else.
One interesting feature is this spiral-shaped chute that connects through most of the levels of the building. Not sure what they used it for. Trash? Parts?
The staircases are mostly a drab grey colour, but the natural light coming in through the windows and brightly painted doors and firehose pipes really perk it up.
Most levels of the building have an identical structure and layout, but there is great variation in colours and other accents that make each floor unique.
For a vacant building, there is surprisingly little graffiti and damage, but it's starting to spread. When I entered this floor, it smelled like fresh spray paint and I was expecting to run into a tagger.
The elevators still have these old wooden doors on them. Some of them have been propped open so you can see down the elevator shaft.
A few shots of some other features of the building:
The top floor is where the company's offices, board rooms, and other non-industrial areas were.
The top floor isn't the end. Go up one more level and you're up on the roof.
Above the roof level is the elevator control and motor room.
And finally, at the very top of the building, is a large room that is full of massive water tanks that were used for feeding the building's fire sprinkler system.
Just outside the back door sits a pile of scrap metal and a massive steel claw.
Being one of the tallest buildings in this part of Toronto, Tower Automotive provides an amazing view of this whole area. I'll finish off this post with a selection of photos of our neighbourhood as seen from inside / on top of the building. Unfortunately, the day we went in to take photos was overcast and snowy, so the photos did not turn out too well. I'm hoping to go back again soon!
Thanks to Castlepoint for letting us in to look around!
All photos © Vic Gedris, 2009.
You can see the rest of my photos from inside the building on my website. And here are the links to other TLR Club photographers photo sets on Flickr.com: