Type: Architecture, Attractions, Historic Sites, Sightseeing
This narrow downtown structure was the first example of a flatiron-style building in North America, and is referred to locally as simply "the flatiron building." It was built in 1891 by the Gooderham... Read More
This narrow downtown structure was the first example of a flatiron-style building in North America, and is referred to locally as simply "the flatiron building." It was built in 1891 by the Gooderham family as offices for its distillery business. Today, the designated National Historic Site, located in Toronto's St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and on the edge of the financial district, is home to some of the city's most prized (and expensive!) office space. The flatiron building is one of Toronto's most photographed structures, and for good reason: standing in front of the flatiron's rounded eastern wall and looking west, one sees both the building and some of the city's most impressive skyscrapers–a look at both Toronto's past and its future. After admiring the building and getting the perfect photo, stop in to the Flatiron & Firkin pub in the basement for a meal or a pint.
- Historic Sites: "Be sure to spend a few minutes looking at the mural painted on the flatiron building's back wall. Created in 1980 by artist Derek Besant, the mural is a mirror image of the building across the street, and uses a trompe l'oeil effect to make it appear as if the flatiron building has more windows than it actually does."
- Best for Historic Sites Because: This red brick building is one of Toronto's most photographed landmarks for a reason.