Tin ceilings were all the rage in the late Victorian age. Toronto was no exception, and tin ceilings could be found in some of the more upscale residences and commercial enterprises. One of the more impressive ceilings was at the “Lakeview Hotel” in Cabbagetown (now the “Winchester Hotel”). It was featured in a trade catalogue for the “Metallic Roofing Company of Canada” which supplied metal plates, borders and cornices.
Dating back to ancient Greek times, the door knocker has evolved from the simply functional to the highly ornate and often whimsical level.
Some of the earliest English and Continental knockers were made of forged iron-a material that was relatively inexpensive and durable.