Guildwood Park, the Greek Theater
This is a summertime home to the Guild Festival Theater.
The 8 columns (from 21) and Corinthian capitals, with arches joining the columns, were saved in 1966 from the demolition of the Bank of Toronto. The bank had been built in 1912. When the Guild of All Arts celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1982, stonemason Arthus Hibberd erected the eight-columned monument. Only theatre of its kind in Canada.
Bank of Toronto – 1912-1966 Corinthian column & capitals (King & Bay, S. West corner) Architect/firm: Carrere & Hastings (NY), Eustace Bird (Toronto associate)
The Guild is a unique facility with several historic buildings inside a public park. Guildwood Park forms a naturalized frame around the formal Guild Inn Gardens. Surrounding these buildings are more than 70 architectural fragments and sculptures within the formal gardens. This place is naturally magnet for wedding photographers. There were 3 wedding groups, when I was there.
Fragments from demolished buildings in and around Toronto were rescued by Rosa and Spencer Clark, and re-erected to create a sculpture garden. Passing into the public domain in 1978, the grounds became a public park and the art and sculpture on display in the gardens became a unique attraction atop the Scarborough Bluffs.
NPC Competition April 2013 - #8