We hiked from religious temples and temples of learning to a financial temple on Bay Street. The original Commerce Court tower celebrates the splendour of money with sumptuous symmetry.
We started off casing the outside, first stopping to greet one of William McElcheran’s Little Fat Businessmen, then going into the courtyard to play with the elephants (Danica’s favourite animals).
After noting relief carvings on the exterior, we went around to the impressive front door arch. It too is carved with enough pattern to please a pasha and arcane symbolism promoting the virtues that lead to wealth and prosperity.
An impressively coffered entry hall turns out to be relatively modest, as it opens into an awe-inspiring, cavernous centre hall. Rather uninspired, paint-by-numbers portraits of executives peer down from gilded frames. All of the glory has been saved for the architecture, with soars above them in vaulting arches.
We exited through an old-meets-new archway that connects to the modern skyscraper.