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Beaux Arts in the City: An Architectural Influence for Cabbagetown

The English Translation for the word “Beaux” is “Fine,” which is a suitable description for the lavish style embraced during the American Renaissance (1890-1920).  The Beaux Arts architecture began in Paris as an expression of the non-classical academics, but by the time the style reached North America, architects began to stray from these ideals. In Canada, Beaux Arts is a common style for public and legislative buildings.  For instance, the following locations in Toronto display a traditional Beaux Arts form: The Hockey Hall of Fame The Royal Alexandra Theatre The Dominion Public Building The Canada Life Building Residential examples are ... Read More »