University College, U of Toronto
University College, U of Toronto (architects Frederic W. CUMBERLAND
and William G. Storm, 1856-59), picturesque in its variety of silhouettes, colours, textures and carved details, eclectic in its rich amalgam of Norman, Romanesque, Anglo-French and Venetian forms, epitomizes the flamboyance and strength of the high-Victorian Gothic style. The architects, aided by their amateur colleague Governor General Sir Edmund HEAD
, drew inspiration from the work of the Irish firm of Deane and Woodward, especially the contemporary Oxford University Museum. The erection of this vast college building 1856-59 signalled the achievement of a major 19th-century aspiration for a nondenominational institution of higher learning supported by government.
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