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Concordia Buildings Quiz

Where is it?

Q-TESL detail

Rounded corners and asymmetrical design were the latest thing when this building was built.


TESL Centre is Moderne


The balcony (first photo above) belongs to the EN annex, home of the TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Centre at 2070 Mackay St.

This building was a late fill-in to this largely Second Empire block of Mackay St., says art historian Virginia Nixon, who teaches at the Liberal Arts College.

"It has its own charm, though, as an expression of the Moderne style of the 1930s and '40s. Moderne was the industrial-sleek, less expensive successor to Art Deco," Nixon explained.

"The asymmetry of the porch design is echoed in the entrance, which features a single-inset classical column. The applied metal work of the fire escape is another characteristic feature of the style."


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