BEST KNOWN FOR ITS WEATHER BEACON, THE CANADA LIFE BUILDING WENT UP DURING THE DEPRESSION

The fifteen-storey Canada Life Building, University Avenue at Queen St. West, remains one of TORONTO’s largest office buildings.

Construction began in 1929 and the building made its debut in 1931. One special feature – its windows can be opened from the inside.
The beacon’s top light code – steady green (clear); steady red (cloudy); flashing red (rain); flashing white (snow). On the support tower – lights running up (warmer); lights running down (cooler); steady (no change).

<“Raising the last stone” 1930, City of Toronto Archives>

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