Monday, January 18, 2010

R C Harris Filtration Plant, Toronto

R C Harris Filtration Plant Toronto

The R C Harris Filtration Plant takes water from Lake Ontario and processes potable water for Toronto.

The building was named for Rowland Caldwell Harris, Commissioner of Works for the Toronto 1912-1945.

R C Harris Filtration Plant Toronto

It was built from 1932-1941 and the original plant and additions in the 1950s to increase the capacity were designed by and the construction was supervised by the consulting engineering firms of H G Acres Limited and Gore and Storrie Limited.

R C Harris Filtration Plant Toronto

For a water filtration plant, it has some very nice decoration including this 'WTW' monogram.

R C Harris Filtration Plant Toronto

10 comments:

  1. Hi David, great photos. I must say that R C Harris Filtration Plant is one of the places I like a lot. I don't know why but the architecture has been always agreeable to me. I'm proud that Toronto has building like this one.

    Good luck,
    Julie

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  2. Thanks Julie
    I didn't know what to expect when I read the name but I'm glad I made the detour to have a look. It is a fantastic place.
    David

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  3. stunning, I love the cream brickwork

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  4. Imagine: in those days they made filtration plants to look like wonderful public buildings worth visiting. Now they make public buildings to look like filtration plants.

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  5. They certainly took pride it all types of buildings back then.

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  6. The interior of this building is stunning too. Toronto hosts an annual public Doors Open program and this is often on the tour.

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  7. Thanks Andy. I was lucky enough to view The Carlu at Toronto Open Doors 2009 but didn't make it inside the R C Harris Filtration Plant. I hope the 2010 version was sucessful (http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen/).

    Melbourne has it's own Open House weekend on 24th & 25th July 2010 and I'm looking forward to it. (http://melbourneopenhouse.org/)

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  8. I believe the monogram is actually TWW for Toronto Water Works.

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    1. Thanks Lawrence, that makes a lot of sense.

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