395 Wellington Street: The Library and Archives Building

395 Wellington Street

This site is turning into a photography blog. That’s OK.

For a long time, I had been meaning to get a picture of this building, the Library and Archives building at 395 Wellington.

I’ve spent a lot of time inside this building, the west end of the building boasts a movie theatre where the Canadian Film Institute (my old job) hosts the majority of its foreign film festivals. I’ve heard some complaints about the look of the structure, but I love it, especially at night.

It reminds me of buildings that you see in East Berlin, the formerly communist part of the city. I’m not an architect, so I don’t know if that’s an accurate assessment, but that’s what it feels like to me. I tried finding more information online about when the building was built and by who, but couldn’t find anything. If you know anything, please post a comment.

In front of the building, there’s a great piece of art that’s featured in cities around the world, Lea Vivot’s The Secret Bench of Knowledge. Read more about its installation in 1989 by clicking‚ here.

The Secret Bench of Knowledge by Lea Vivot.
The Secret Bench of Knowledge by Lea Vivot.

An underrated building, it doesn’t get the same level of fanfare that some of its neighbours on Wellington Street do, but it’s one of my favourites nonetheless.