Toronto Modern is a documentation of the artistic and cultural legacy created by the city’s leading architects from roughly 1935 through 1980. Before moving to Toronto in 2002, I wrote the monthly “Vancouver Modern” column for Heritage Vancouver’s newsletter and wrote the majority of docomomo-BC’s history of Modernist architecture in British Columbia (available on CD-ROM).

Photographs are mine unless otherwise noted.

Robert Moffatt
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


10 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Geraldine Withey November 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I love this website. I work with children at various schools making connections between science and nature, they draw, make structures and examine the way their school is designed. The way you describe the buildings,especially Lord Lansdowne, is very interesting and helpful. Thank you for this wonderful resource.

  2. 3 Mary MacDonell June 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I stumbled upon your site when searcing if there was a link between Yamasaki and Ron Thom as his Oberlin College Conservatory of Music reminded me of Massey College. I’ve not had a chance for much of a look yet, but your site blew me away. Will definitely be back!

    • 4 robertmoffatt115 June 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Hi – thanks for your comment! As far as I know, there was no personal link between Thom and Yamasaki, although they may have been exposed to each others’ work through architectural books and periodicals. Thom’s Massey College and Yamasaki’s Oberlin building do seem to share some traditional Gothic elements. Enjoy the site!


  3. 5 Ben August 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Wonderful blog. Thanks for taking the time to document this architectural genre and its history in Toronto.

  4. 6 Sandra Miller October 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks to Dave Leblanc and his G&M column for sharing your great blog! I’ll have to settle in one rainy evening and read older entries. I recently started an FB group here in London, Ontario trying to promote awareness and interest in our local MCM heritage. Slowly but surely…
    Also recently came across a wonderful blog out of Windsor, Ontario about that city’s MCM heritage: Not sure if you’ve come across it before. There’s so much to share and learn from each other! Keep up the great work (and the good fight!)

  5. 7 Lorna Harris October 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Just found your blog – thanks to Dave LeBlanc. Thanks for providing such a rich resource!

  6. 8 Richard Diver October 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I, too, found you via Dave Leblanc and the G&M. The photo in the Globe of the Fleetwood Apartments grabbed me first. My grandparents moved into its sister, Park Lane Apartments next door, towards the end of the war. My father and his brothers all lived in apartments there with their new brides before moving on to their own homes.
    On one of my last visits there as a kid (maybe 7 years old), dad pointed out the new building around the corner where grandma and grandad were going to live – 561 Avenue Rd., which was still under construction.
    Your blog has peeked my interest in Peter Dickinson and so much else. I’m like the fish in water – he lives in it but doesn’t see it. The buildings you explore are (or were) all around me. Connencting them to their designers and providing some context has made all the difference.
    Thank you!

  7. 9 Dan October 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    My wife forwarded me the Globe and Mail article about your site. I’m certainly not an avid architectophile, however, I love reading brief histories of these buildings and their architects.

    I’ve lived in structures built by both both Ron Thom (Champlain College, Trent University), Uno Prii’s (near Yonge/Eglinton).

    I will say that Thom’s “West Coat sensibilities” are much more suited to the West Coast. I froze for two winters in his concrete masterpiece. I still wouldn’t change a thing.

  8. 10 J.S. July 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Excellent blog, thank you for your great work.

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