In the 1960s, Buckminster Fuller imagined man-made islands filling the
harbour with apartments Show will highlight megaprojects that never got
off the ground, like a planned 140-storey Eaton tower
The Church of the Holy Trinity, established in 1847, is surrounded. The
Eaton Centre shoulders up against it to the east, casting it in cool
shadow, a towering Marriot looms high above it to the north and west;
and from Bay Street, Bell Canada's squat headquarters curls toward it
from the west and south.
Given Toronto's historical approach to city-building, the mildly
predatory scenario is apt – drab modern structures stalking the city's
past and hunting it to near-extinction
It could be worse. "In the '60s, the church, as well as the Old City
Hall, were very close to being demolished," says David Kopulos, seated
on a slab of concrete that serves as both bench and boundary for the
small slip of green space cradled in the crook of the Bell building,
across from Holy Trinity.
"It was very typical of the era, actually. A lot of side streets, and
everything on them, were destroyed. It was all about trying to impose a
new order on the city."