From the foreword by Christopher Hume
"Toronto is a cityof secrets. It reveals itself slowly, bit by bit,
detail by detail. This is as true of the physical landscape -- with
all its hidden ravines -- as it is of our cultural topography.
Toronto's architecture is no different. Just ask Terry Murray,
whose book, Faces on Places, will come as a revelation to even the
most diehard city explorer. Who knew Toronto possessed such a rich
heritage of carved stone buildings? Who knew the city and its
buildings were so alive with dragons, griffins, and grotesques, let
alone cherubim, seraphim, and plain ordinary angels?"
"The subtext of Faces on Places is our continuing struggle to
create a distinctly Canadian mythology, to develop a language,
architectural and aesthetic, that enables us to tell our own
"The modernists insisted that architecture was simply a matter of
form and function. How wrong they were! To read Murray's welcome
volume is to be reminded that the buildings we love are those that
speak to us. The stone in which they are writ may be worn down by
wind, snow, and rain, but the tales they tell never lose their
From the foreword by Joe Chiffriller
"Jump in anywhere within these pages and you will come to suspect
that Terry Murray was herself a stone carver in a former life. With
a passionate interest in Toronto masters who have come before her,
she has unearthed old documents and then fearlessly scaled the
rooftops to inspect and record their work. Now she has climbed back
down and caught her breath. The result is a completely modern look
at stone carving.
In addition to bringing the subject down to earth, Terry also
includes a bit of mystery and colourful historical background, as
well as tales of the backbiting politics, time constraints, and
money concerns that went into the creation of these carved faces.
Unlike the authors of most books on the subject, Terry does not
speak in historical riddles or attempt to preserve the subject --
cue the dramatic choral music -- as A Work for the Ages. This is a
lively story expertly told and, as such, Faces on Places may just
become a stone carving classic."
"From an insider's viewpoint, these works in stone symbolize
the best characteristics of the trade itself, capable of inspiring
future generations in ways of courage, laughter, craftsmanship, and
a sense of wonder. Today, when we least expect it, architectural
stone carvings jump out at us with eternal truths of beauty,
courage, and good battling evil. But real estate and economic
interests continue to force a showdown between modern aesthetics
and what we want to preserve, especially when it comes to those
historic faces that for a century or more have benignly watched
over us all. Now, face to face, it may be our turn to watch over
Faces on Places takes us into the fascinating world of mythical and historical persons and icons that have been watching over Toronto and its inhabitants for centuries. If you look up with author Terry Murray, you''ll see beyond glass and steel and stone to spy Gargoyles, Griffins, Dragons, Angels, Portraits of Important Personages (and Caricatures of those same folk). Murray has photographed over sixty Toronto buildings, interviewed architects, stone carvers, and building occupants, and scoured archives for original architectural plans, to discover who these creatures are, and why they exist. Faces on Places is organized by type of sculpture, and contains street addresses and maps for suggested walking tours. It is an elegant and reliable guide to the city''s most silent and intriguing citizens.
Terry Murray is an award-winning journalist and photographer
specializing in medicine. For more than twenty years she has been
on the staff of the The Medical Post, a weekly newspaper
for Canadian doctors. Her articles and photographs have also
appeared in numerous general interest publications in Canada, the
U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and she has contributed
gargoyle photographs and articles to the New York Carver website.
Terry Murray is a sought-after speaker and instructor, known for
the excellent content of her presentations as well as her easy
manner, quick wit, and warmth. Since taking up gargoyle-hunting ten
years ago, she has developed a permanent crick in her neck from