Gooderham Building (1892) from Berczy Park. Mural by Canadian artist *Derek Michael Besant (1980)

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The Gooderham Building is well known for the mural on its back wall. The Mural by Canadian artist Derek Michael Besant uses a trompe l'oeil effect to not only make the wall appear to have more windows than it does, but to also gives it a more motion effect by having its edges 'fluttering' away, where they are not 'tacked' down.

This photo placed 3rd in the SPC 41 (Windows) June 2012 competition.

The red-brick Gooderham Building is a historic landmark of Toronto. Completed in 1892, it was an early example of a "Flatiron" building. It was built by architect David Roberts, Jr. and originally cost $18,000. Sold in 2011 for bit more - $15.2 mil.

The mural ($93,000) was paid about 80% by private companies and the rest by the city. The artist was paid only about $8,000, yet more people see it, than some million dollar painting.

I do not know the lady with the ubiquitous Tim Horton coffee, but she spoke Russian with her son. (if you care to know)

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Comments (200)

Mário Eloi Castro on January 23, 2013

Great!!!Fantastic mural!!!

Thank you for sharing, Tomas!

Like & YS

Best wishes, my friend :)

Ali Tosun on January 25, 2013

Excellent photo. I liked. Greetings from Turkey.

miru3po on March 16, 2013


Ehsan1980 on April 3, 2013


beautiful place, nice shot

Lloret on May 22, 2013

very interesting building, good shot, LIKE

Add Page on June 30, 2013

Building of interest, beautiful shot!

From Fukushima Japan

t.chr on July 1, 2013

Very beautiful building! LIKE

Greetings, t.chr

M. blakelylaw on September 7, 2013

That is about the best example of trompe l'oeil I've ever seen. The 3D effect is amazing!

Rubens Craveiro on September 11, 2013


Curioso edifício. Muito bem feito o mural do artista canadense Derek Michael. Belo colorido, excelente foto. Like & YS☆. Saudações desde Brasília, Brasil Rubens Craveiro

Sebastian “Käptn” Is… on November 8, 2013

Fine piece of art! L :-)

Sebastian “Käptn” Is… on January 16, 2014

..and Fav 45 :-)

Transit_PO on February 15, 2014

Very interesting architecture! L&F!

Friendly greetings!

Lalakukk - No Views on February 15, 2014

Very good shot of a interesting place, like. Regards : Lala

JaPi on March 23, 2014

Excellent photo! Excellent artistic work on the building.
Greetings, JaPi

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on April 6, 2014

Hi Tomros. Nice Architecture. I LIKE it. Greetings, Tone

Jürgen Weighardt PAN… on May 1, 2014

Great mural art work. ~+~+~+~ LIKE! / GEFÄLLT MIR! ~+~+~+~+~ Jürgen grüßt Dich aus Frankfurt am Main / Jürgen says hello from Frankfurt-upon-Main (Germany)

Boudoir y localizaci… on May 6, 2014

Great mural, i think it was real!

bodidog on August 12, 2014

L10, very surrealistic, regards

Euromillones 12 days ago

Muy original.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 12 days ago

Just back for another look. Lovely Photo. Greetings Tone.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 11, 2012
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    by Tomros - Pano
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2012/05/26 13:30:40
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 4.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash