Trump l’oeil: Eyes on Toronto’s Trump Tower

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Bay Adelaide Centre Trump Tower and 302 Bay Street

Reaching skyward: In this view from the depths of the Bay Street skyscraper canyon, the 13-storey office building at 302 Bay Street (top) appears to rise almost as tall as the still-under-construction Toronto Trump Tower, which is around 50 floors high so far and climbing steadily on its way to 60 storeys.  Originally the Trust and Guarantee Building, 302 Bay was built in 1917 but received a rooftop addition in 1929. The building now bears the Bank of Montreal name above its front entrance.  On the left is the 51-storey Bay Adelaide Centre, Trump Toronto’s neighbour on the north side of Adelaide Street, built in 2009. Part of the 68-storey Scotia Plaza tower built in 1988 is visible at right and in reflection on the south side of Bay Adelaide Centre.

The Trump Tower made the news today in a Toronto Star article that gives an “exclusive peak” inside the Trump Hotel section of the skyscraper, which received an occupancy permit from the City last Friday. The hotel is scheduled to open later this spring. The newspaper article also profiles the tower’s 42-year-old billionaire builder, Alex Shnaider, and hails his “noteworthy accomplishment” of having “built the tallest residential tower in Canada — and the second tallest building in Toronto, after the CN Tower.” Seems the Star is jumping the gun: the Trump isn’t even as tall as the Bay Adelaide Centre yet, and it’s far from “built.” Moreover, when complete, it still won’t rise as high as 72-storey First Canadian Place, so Trump will have to settle for third-highest place on the Toronto skyline. Below are some pics I’ve taken of the Toronto Trump Tower this month.

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March 14 2011: Adelaide Street West view of Toronto Trump Tower construction

 

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March 7 2011: Toronto Trump Tower viewed from Bay & Adelaide Streets

 

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March 7 2011: Southwest view from Bay below Adelaide Street

 

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March 7 2011: Upper-level construction viewed from the southwest

 

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March 7 2011: Nathan Phillips Square view of the Toronto Trump construction

 

Bay Adelaide Centre and Toronto Trump Tower

March 7 2011: West view of Bay Adelaide Centre and Toronto Trump Tower

 

Toronto Trump Tower and Scotia Plaza

March 7 2011: From left are the Bay Adelaide Centre, Toronto Trump Tower, Scotia Plaza and the Bank of Nova Scotia building at 44 King Street West.

 

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March 7 2011: Trump Tower viewed from Bay Street outside First Canadian Place

 

Toronto Trump Tower and the Bank of Nova Scotia building at 44 King Street West

March 7 2011: Toronto Trump Tower and the Bank of Nova Scotia building at 44 King Street West. The 27-storey bank building at the northeast corner of King & Bay Streets was constructed in 1951.

 

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March 14 2011: Adelaide Street West view of Toronto Trump construction

 

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March 14 2011: Toronto Trump Tower, Scotia Plaza and First Canadian Place

 

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March 14 2011: When completed, the Toronto Trump Tower will stand taller than Scotia Plaza — when measured to the top of its spire. But Scotia Plaza’s roof will still be higher, as a diagram on skyscraperpage.com demonstrates.

 

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March 14 2011: Toronto Trump Tower and Scotia Plaza

 

Scotia Plaza Toronto Trump Tower and Bay Adelaide Centre

March 22 2011: Scotia Plaza, Toronto Trump Tower and Bay Adelaide Centre

 

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March 22 2011: Northeast view of the Trump Toronto from King Street West

 

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March 22 2011: Upper-level construction viewed from the northeast

 

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March 22 2011: King Street view of the northeast corner of the Trump Toronto

 

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March 22 2011: Toronto Trump Tower street level view from King Street

 

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March 22 2011: Cement trucks at the tower’s King Street construction entrance

 

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