SINCE 1951 CANADA LIFE’S WEATHER BEACON HAS BEEN PART OF TORONTO’S SKYLINE

<PHOTO – Richard Lautens/Toronto Star>  You know you’re in TORONTO when you see the beacon light atop the Stalinistic Canada Life Building on University Avenue. Forecast information is updated four times daily, seven days a week, thanks to Environment Canada.  What do the lights mean? Green (clear); Red (cloudy); Flashing Red (rain); Flashing White (snow). Lights on the tower struts – Up (warmer); Down (cooler); Steady (no change)More than 1,000 incandescent bulbs once illuminated the beacon, but these have now been replaced by energy-saving LEDs.The fifteen-storey Canada Life Building, University Avenue at Queen St. West, remains one of TORONTO’s largest office buildings.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.< PHOTO BELOW – “Raising the last stone” 1930, City of Toronto Archives>

One thought on “SINCE 1951 CANADA LIFE’S WEATHER BEACON HAS BEEN PART OF TORONTO’S SKYLINE

  1. …..as a night security guard in 1971, it was my job to phone for the weather forecast and then alter the pattern on the beacon to conform to it. The square room just below it (the top tier of the wedding cake) was the executive office of the Canada Life president–a Mr. Lemon, if I recall–heavy velvet drapes, walnut desk, thick thick carpet and mahogany wainscotting, the uppermost stop for the brass doored elevator. It’s where I began my floor by floor descent, checking every level on my 12 hr shift rounds.

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