Toronto’s Timber Buildings – The Soul of Our City

Toronto’s Timber Buildings – The Soul of Our City

Canada has a rich history in commercial timber construction – buildings commonly identified as ‘brick and beam’. Built between the 1850’s and 1920’s, these structures are characterized by big ol’ wooden columns and beams, high ceilings, creaky floors made of 2×6’s nailed together, sandblasted brick interior walls, and the occasional old industrial elevator large enough for a car, with hand-operated shifting cables and slat, wooden doors.