Photographer's Note

The University of Toronto was founded as King's College by Bishop John Strachan in 1827. In 1849, it ended ties with the Church of England to become a secular institution. University College was created as a constituent secular college in 1853, and over time, the formerly independent Trinity College, Victoria University and St. Michael's College (which were Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic, respectively) became federated with the university.
On February 14, 1890, most of the University was destroyed by a fire caused when a tray of kerosene lamps was accidentally dropped in the staircase in the southeast tower of the complex. A brisk wind from the northwest prevented this section of the university from being destroyed.
A fascinating feature of the cloisters shown here is that the capital of each column is totally unique, indicative of the care and attention that went into the whole building.
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