Season’s Greetings from the Shell Oil Tower

Architect George Robb’s Shell Oil Tower was for many years an icon of the Canadian National Exhibition and, as the postcard above indicates, the holiday season as well. Opened in 1955, the steel-and-glass tower provided fairgoers with 360-degree views from its observation deck, topped by a giant clock visible from passing cars on Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway. Later renamed the Bulova Tower and fitted with a then-novel digital clockface, the structure was removed in 1985 to make way for the Toronto Indy racetrack.

Happy holidays to all—stay tuned for more in 2011!

1 Response to “Season’s Greetings from the Shell Oil Tower”


  1. 1 Redpat December 26, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    That is certainly a blast from the past! Thanks for the reminder.


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