Day 149 - CN Tower
Name one building in Toronto and the CN Tower (301 Front St., 416-360-8500) is sure to come to mind. It is the world's tallest free standing structure. It is also the city's only famous Swedish construction, having been built by The Foundation Company of Canada, which was at that time controlled by the Skanska (ex-Skånska) construction conglomerate. The tower was constructed with Skanska's "slip form" slowly but continuously moving upwards while the concrete was poured inside the mould that was gradually reduced to give the tower its tapered shape. Take one of the four glass-faced elevators up the 1815 feet tall tower. (You are recommended to swallow at least five times during the 70-second trip). From the observation decks you can see as far as Rochester, New York or you can see an audio-visual show with scenes of the tower being struck by lightning. The tower is incidentally a great place to observe a real lightning storm. It is safe and the view is magnificent. You can also have an excellent lunch or dinner in the 420-seat restaurant revolving at eight feet a minute on special Swedish SKF roller bearings, so precise that two men can push the restaurant around if the 2 hp electric motor is out. The Skydome next door opens its fully retractable roof, it also does this with the help of SKF roller bearings. For a more down to earth Swedish monument, check out the Wallberg building at 200 College Street. It was built with funds bequeathed by engineer Emil and his sister Ida Wallberg to the University of Toronto.