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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Scadding House and Fort Rouille on the CNE Mandala CNE

The oldest building on the CNE grounds is Scadding House, located at 25 British Columbia Road which is near the Bandshell.  It was built  in 1794 by the Queen' s Rangers for John Scadding , a clerk to John Graves Simcoe, a surveyor, who was the first Governor of Ontario.
The house was originally on the east side of the Don River and was moved by the York Pioneer Historical Society to the CNE site as a museum in 1879.

Fort Rouille was originally located right near the Bandshell ( Art Deco, 1936 by Craig & Madell )
and was built under the orders of the Marquis de la Jonquierre , the governor of New France.  It existed from 1750 to 1759. I have painted the memorial sculpture into the mandala.

There are many different styles of architecture at the CNE, including :

Baroque Classical
Art Deco
Romantic Classicism
Beaux Arts

and others which I will add on at a later time.
 Many of the older buildings are gone now, and I have painted some them into the mandala ; for example:

The Crystal Palace; and the  1st and 2nd Dufferin Gates ; the Manufacturers Building and the Shell Tower.
( When the Shell Tower was built , we thought it was so fantastic and loved climbing the stairs to the top, where we could view the whole Ex ! )

I feel immense appreciation when I stroll through the grounds and imagine and recall the times I and thousands of others who, over the last 132 years, walked through the buildings, present and past.
My spirit is raised due to all the architectural delights which are a symbol of success and a reflection of who we were, and are.
I have been filling in the details of these buildings and the mandala is beginning to come alive.

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