Gooderham Building

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Gooderham Building

Known as the Flatiron Building, the Gooderham Building is a historic office building located in the city's Financial District. It is an important landmark known for its narrow wedge shape and its iconic vistas: looking west, Front Street and the skyscrapers of the Financial District. The CN Tower is also visible from certain angles. It has three entrances: two of them lead to the pub in the basement called The Flatiron and Firkin, and the main one is located on the north side and it is made up of pinnacle dormers and arch frames with French Gothic styling.

The Gooderham Building is associated with the famous Gooderham family that needed to build the headquarters of their distillery. Along with the architect David Roberts Jr, they started the construction of this triangular-shaped structure as an example of Romanesque Revival. Completed in 1892, the red-brick edifice has become an example of a prominent flatiron building.

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The building has five stories, twelve-foot high ceilings, and the very first elevator manually operated in the city. There is also a walk-in vault that was constructed to build the Gooderham family's money and a tunnel that allowed them to go from the building to the bank without having to walk outside with large bags of cash. Besides these features, the Gooderham Building is known for its Flatiron Mural, painted by the Canadian artist Derek Michael Besant. He used a trompe l'oeil effect, creating an optical illusion that convinces the viewer that the objects really exist. It is a picture of the Perkins Building, located across the street.

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