Inside and out, Dupont is without question the most playful, exuberant, and inspiring TTC subway stop to visit on a warm midsummer evening.
|Pause here for contemplation|
Designed by Dunlop Farrow Architects, Dupont is filled with organic curves, fluid corners, and mellow earth tones that evoke the idea of being inside a sheltered, subterranean cavern.
|Flowing concrete benches: a delight to sit on|
James Sutherland’s Spadina Summer Under All Seasons graces the platform and mezzanine walls of the station with its lovely and intricate glass tilework. Count me in as a fan—I’m a sucker for spectacular representational art.
|Spadina Summer Under All Seasons: an explosion of lively colour|
Meanwhile, the twin entrances to the station take the form of delicate, golden-barred, glass bubbles that hint at the wonderland below.
|Catch the 70s sci-fi vibe at Dupont|
By the northwest entrance, Ron Baird’s massive, faintly ominous gate, Miscellaneous Hardware, guards an electrical transformer yard from interlopers. The doors reportedly take inspiration from the caps that sit atop oil tanker train cars.
|Ron Baird’s Miscellaneous Hardware|
|The parkette outside the southeast entrance is a romantic fairy-land|
Dupont opened to lucky commuters on January 28, 1978 as part of the Spadina subway extension. What a self-assured contrast to the restraint of the older Bloor-Danforth stations... We can only wish that more stations exhibited Dupont’s panache.
Photo GalleryTour the station, and view captioned historical images from its past:
|Dupont station transfer|
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