The Architectural History of the 378 Yonge Building in Toronto

Hey Toronto, we're so happy to be a part of your province! We opened the first Meta Cannabis Co. shop in Toronto at 378 Yonge Street, on the corner of Yonge and Gerrard in the historical Old Dominion Bank earlier this year in February, and have been in awe of the fantastic architecture. Read on to learn up on the history of the building.


Irish-Canadian Architect and urban planner John M. Lyle designed the building back in 1930. Lyle's architectural and design skills are credited for many buildings in Toronto, working on ten magnificent heritage buildings ranging from Union Station to the Royal Alexandra Theatre. He brought the Beaux-Arts style of architecture to Canada, infusing a combination of gothic and renaissance influences from France stemming from the 1830's to the late 19th century.


The building was created as a bank for Dominion, and still features two safes which were built into the building.


This small yet mighty safe was built to stand the test of time.


A second safe in the basement holds history.


Take a look up next time you're in 378 Yonge, beautiful carvings decorate the ceilings. The 1930's Stonework depicts Greek acanthus leaves as well as Roman ox skulls, amongst other symbols.


The building interior features pilasters, or decorative columns lining the walls near the doorway, finished with stylized carvings.


Looking around the space, you'll spot carvings which illustrate Canada's flowers, animals as well as representations of Canadian agriculture and industry.


Queen Victoria's profile adorns the East facing Yonge Street.


A pair of swans on the building's exterior facing Gerrard Street.


A ship enters the Toronto Harbour facing Gerrard Street.


A pair of owls on the building's exterior on Gerrard.
If you're in the city and love architecture and cannabis, we invite you to stop by and visit us here at 378 Yonge street! Click here to place your pickup order today with MetaXpress.
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