Built in 1930, Commerce Court North was the largest skyscraper in the British Empire until 1962. The 34-story building was designed by Pearson and Darling Architects of Toronto for the Canadian Bank of Commerce (now CIBC) as their Head Office. In its classic Art Deco style, the building is one of Toronto’s most treasured heritage sites. This is a shot of the west side.
The theme of the building starts with the entrance on King Street. The arched entrance welcomes customers for their daily banking needs.
While the exterior of the structure is beautiful, the interior is absolutely stunning. The ceiling is adorned with gold leaf and arched designs throughout.
The main banking area of the bank is the centerpiece of its glory. Gold arched ceilings with amazing light fixtures are difficult to keep your eyes off when the Bank Teller is counting your withdrawal!
She also has large windows which helps to conserve electricity costs and to enhance its photographic quality. The architects must have foreseen skyrocketing electricity costs in Ontario, thus saving CIBC billions of dollars over the years!
The building also has murals which adorn the hallways and private meeting rooms.
The murals depict Canada’s British Loyalist background and our commitment to King and Queen. We even have streets named King and Queen!
This mural depicts train travel, back in the day. As you can see, they allowed pets on trips.