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Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Facade

409 Victoria Avenue
Constructed: 1912
Architect: V.D. Horsburgh

Built in the Classical Revival style, this building uses classical Greek details in an un-classical manner. The four massive Doric columns create an imposing facade, but extend only four feet from the wall, and are not free standing like classic columns. Also, the pediment covers only the main entrance, whereas in ancient Greek architecture it would crown the entire roof. The columns are two stories high, and support the projecting third floor, a series of alternating windows and recessed panels. The overall effect of this building was one of exceptional strength and durability, a theme used frequently by banks to inspire confidence in their customers. In February 2007 a serious fire broke out on the second floor and destroyed much of the bank. Demolition crews were only able to save the facade, leaving the rest of the site vacant. The building was designated a heritage site, and any future proposal for a structure will have to incorporate the facade into the building plans.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Facade