Stop 3 – The Library

145 Annette St.

Annette Library

Public Library & Masonic Temple, West Toronto, Canada
Source Don Richardson, gift to Annette Library. date acquired circa 1988

Annette Library 2

Annette (Western) Branch Library

The Annette Street Library opened as the West Toronto Library in 1909, funded with a grant from the Carnegie foundation.  Ellis and Connery’s design is in the Beaux Arts style, featuring multi-tone masonry and an exposed basement.  The accessibility ramps are a later addition.  One condition of the Carnegie grant was that the library include public lecture rooms in its design.  These are located in the basement and still used for this purpose today.  Portraits of the first five mayors of the town of Toronto Junction hang on the walls of the main floor.

Architectural Notes:

  • pleasing symmetrical composition: central entrance block with reading room
    wings
  • classical design elements are seen in the entrance door frame and surmounting
    window and the flanking corinthian columns refers to simple cylindrical shape
    and masses of acanthus leaves forming the column capital.
  • The building originally had a projecting cornice where the blank panels are just
    below the roof line

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