Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Architectural Details


One of the things that amaze me with old buildings is the incredibly intricate details in their construction.

The old Dominion Bank of Canada is no exception. The carved stone probably represents thousands of man hours. I really like the gold plating on the lettering and the funky old style font used. The Dominion Bank merged with the Bank of Toronto in 1955 to form the Toronto Dominion Bank.

Sandstone Rose

Something as simple as this rosette speaks to a by gone day where this was considered normal.

Pillar Detail 3

Larger pieces like this shield add character to a building. Downtown Calgary became known as the “Sandstone City” after the 1886 fire that destroyed much of the city center. Afterwards, the city council passed an ordinance requiring public and larger buildings to be built of sandstone instead of wood.

In the best light…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s