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Encyclopedia > R.C. Harris Filtration Plant
Southern facade of R.C. Harris Filtration Plant.
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Southern facade of R.C. Harris Filtration Plant.

The R.C. Harris Filtration Plant in Toronto is both a crucial piece of infrastructure and an architectural acclaimed historic building. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (954x726, 92 KB) Summary Cropped version of Image:RCHarris. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (954x726, 92 KB) Summary Cropped version of Image:RCHarris. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Established: March 6, 1834 Area: East to West: 43 km North to South: 21 km629. ...


The filtration plant is located in the east of the city at the eastern end of Queen Street and at the foot of Victoria Park Avenue along the shore of Lake Ontario. It is located in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto. Queen Street West is a street and a series of districts in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Victoria Park Avenue is a major north-south route in east end Toronto. ... Lake Ontario seen from near Wolcott, New York Lake Ontario (French: lac Ontario), bounded on the north by Ontario and on the south by Ontarios Niagara Peninsula and by New York State, is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. ... The iconic Beaches Lifeguard house The Beaches is a relatively upscale neighbourhood and popular tourist destination located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


The plant was built between 1937 and 1941 and is named after the long time director of Toronto's public works Rowland Caldwell Harris. The building, unlike most modern engineering structures, was also created to be a vivid architectural structure. Created in the Art Deco style the cathedral-like structure remains one of Toronto's most admired buildings. It is, however, little known to outsiders. The interiors are just as opulent with marble entryways and vast halls filled with pools of water and filtration equipment. The plant has thus earned the nickname The Palace of Purification. 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... Asheville City Hall. ...


The building is surrounded by a large park that stretches to the shores of the lake. Despite some concerns of vulnerability to an attack on the water supply since the September 11th attacks the park has remained open, but security has been increased. The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...


Despite its age the plant is still fully functional, providing 45% of Toronto's water supply. The intakes are located over 2.6 kilometers from shore in 15 metres of water, running through two pipes under the bed of the lake. The plant also chlorinates and then pumps the water throughout Toronto. Chlorination is the process of adding the element chlorine to water to make it fit for human consumption (potable) or to water intended for swimming or bathing in order to keep it from spreading disease. ...


The building of the plant is vividly recounted in Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion. Michael Ondaatje, OC , MA , BA (born September 12, 1943) is a Canadian/Sri Lankan novelist and poet perhaps best known for his Booker Prize winning novel adapted into an Academy Award winning film, The English Patient. ... In the Skin of a Lion, a novel set mainly in Toronto, Canada by Michael Ondaatje, tells a story of immigrants who built Toronto. ...


The R.C. Harris Filtration Plant appears as the base of operations of the mysterious organisation "The Centre" in the television series The Pretender, as well as in dozens of (frequently low-budget) films (Half Baked, Undercover Brother, Strange Brew) as a prison or headquarters. The Pretender is a television series that originally ran on NBC for four seasons between 1996 and 2000. ... Half Baked is a 1998 comedy film starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Diaz. ... Promotional poster for Undercover Brother Undercover Brother is a 2002 comedy film that stars comedian Eddie Griffin. ... DVD cover Strange Brew is the title of a 1967 hit song by British rock group Cream This article is about the 1983 film. ...


At present (summer 2005), the steep hills of the park to the south of the plant are under extremely heavy construction and there is no access, and very little chance to see the south of the building.


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