Bay St from Dundas St W in 1965 & 2023

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Looking northwest on Bay St from Dundas St W in downtown Toronto.

Notice the McKnight Building in the foreground. It was constructed in the mid-1920s and designed by architects Smith & Everett. Early tenants of the five-storey commercial building included dentists, fashion businesses, a music instructor, a tobacco shop and a post office substation. Additionally, it’s worth noting that one of the building’s architects, Sandford Fleming Smith, was the grandson of Sir Sandford Fleming, the Scottish-Canadian engineer, scientist, and inventor.

The two-storey structure next to the McKnight Building was the Toronto Coach Terminal. The Art-Deco-style building was designed by architect Charles B Dolphin and opened in 1931. After 90 years in operation, the bus terminal closed its doors in 2021. However, there are plans in place to preserve and adaptively reuse this heritage-designated building.

Then and Now

1965/2023 – Looking northwest on Bay St from Dundas St W in downtown Toronto. Notice the McKnight Building in the foreground. It was constructed in the mid-1920s and designed by architects Smith & Everett. Early tenants of the five-storey commercial building included dentists, fashion businesses, a music instructor, a tobacco shop and a post office substation. Additionally, it's worth noting that one of the building's architects, Sandford Fleming Smith, was the grandson of Sir Sandford Fleming, the Scottish-Canadian engineer, scientist, and inventor. The two-storey structure next to the McKnight Building was the Toronto Coach Terminal. The Art-Deco-style building was designed by architect Charles B Dolphin and opened in 1931. After 90 years in operation, the bus terminal closed its doors in 2021. However, there are plans in place to preserve and adaptively reuse this heritage-designated building
1965/2023 – Looking northwest on Bay St from Dundas St W in downtown Toronto (City of Toronto Archives, Series 648, File 168, ID 1)
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