The CARLU, College Park, Yonge at College Street

CARLU1TORONTO’s Carlu, is named after its original designer/architect, Jacques Carlu, whose most famous work is the Palais de Chaillot, near the Eiffel Tower from 1937’s Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne.  The Carlu is one of TORONTO’s finest examples of Art Moderne.

It occupies the seventh floor of College Park – formerly an Eatons department store – which was supposed to be a skyscraper, but got stunted by the Great Depression.  The Carlu is the reincarnated Eaton Auditorium, one of the few public performance venues in 1930’s TORONTO.  The Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet, Eaton Operatic Society, and celebrities of all descriptions performed on its stage.  CBC used the auditorium for live radio broadcasts; Glenn Gould regularly made recordings here.

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After years of neglect and threat of demolition, the Round Room (with its long-lost Lalique Fountain) has survived; as has the foyer designed in the style of ocean liners of the thirties; and the Clipper Rooms, renovated in 2008.

<PHOTOS  – Colin Rose, wikipedia; and <www.stipcophoto.com>

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