Past & Present – Part 4

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1972/November 4, 2020 – Looking southwest towards Massey Hall at 178 Victoria St and Shuter St in the Downtown Yonge area of Toronto. 

Built in 1894 by Hart Massey, industrialist and operator of a large farm equipment manufacturing company, the concert hall was designed by architect Sidney Badgley. In 2013, the $184+ million revitalizations began, and in mid-2018, the hall closed for extensive restoration, as shown in the present-day photo. The building received heritage status from the city in 1973
1972/November 4, 2020 – Looking southwest towards Massey Hall at 178 Victoria St and Shuter St in the Downtown Yonge area of Toronto.

Built in 1894 by Hart Massey, industrialist and operator of a large farm equipment manufacturing company, the concert hall was designed by architect Sidney Badgley. In 2013, the $184+ million revitalizations began, and in mid-2018, the hall closed for extensive restoration, as shown in the present-day photo. The building received heritage status from the city in 1973 (City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Planning Board fonds, Fonds 2032, Series 841, File 17, Item 17)

June 16, 1980/ August 15, 2021  –  Roy Thomson Hall is located at 60 Simcoe St and King St W on the southwest corner in Toronto's Entertainment District. 

The archive photo shows the construction of Roy Thomson Hall. It took several years of preparation, and in 1979, construction began on the concert hall. In 1982, the venue was officially named Roy Thomson Hall when Mr Thomson’s family made a $4.5 million donation toward building the $39 million venue. That same year, the iconic structure opened for its inaugural season
June 16, 1980/ August 15, 2021 – Roy Thomson Hall is located at 60 Simcoe St and King St W on the southwest corner in Toronto’s Entertainment District.

The archive photo shows the construction of Roy Thomson Hall. It took several years of preparation, and in 1979, construction began on the concert hall. In 1982, the venue was officially named Roy Thomson Hall when Mr Thomson’s family made a $4.5 million donation toward building the $39 million venue. That same year, the iconic structure opened for its inaugural season (City of Toronto Archives, Harvey R. Naylor fonds, Fonds 1526, File 42, Item 37)

June 5, 1925/2020 – Looking north toward the Legislative Building located at 111 Wellesley St W and is surrounded by Queen’s Park in the Bay-Cloverhill area of Toronto. Built between 1886 and 1892 and officially opened in 1893. The archive photo shows a sightseeing coach. The Legislative Building was one of the 490 structures on Heritage Toronto’s initial induction list in June of 1973
June 5, 1925/2020 – Looking north toward the Legislative Building located at 111 Wellesley St W and is surrounded by Queen’s Park in the Bay-Cloverhill area of Toronto. Built between 1886 and 1892 and officially opened in 1893. The archive photo shows a sightseeing coach. The Legislative Building was one of the 490 structures on Heritage Toronto’s initial induction list in June of 1973 (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 16, Series 71, Item 3814)

1976/2020 – Paul Kane House, the former home of the Canadian artist, is located at 56 Wellesley St E. Built in 1853, the Kane family owned the home until 1903. A church hall for many years, the city purchased the property in 1978, and today the heritage house is within a parkette. It was made possible by the efforts of local citizens and heritage organizations
1976/2020 – Paul Kane House, the former home of the Canadian artist, is located at 56 Wellesley St E. Built in 1853, the Kane family owned the home until 1903. A church hall for many years, the city purchased the property in 1978, and today the heritage house is within a parkette. It was made possible by the efforts of local citizens and heritage organizations (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 616, Item 7)

2020/1915 - Toronto EMS Station 34/Police Station No. 11 at 674 Markham St
2020/1915 – Toronto EMS Station 34/Police Station No. 11 at 674 Markham St (City of Toronto Archives)

July 13, 1983/December 212019 – The Lakeview Restaurant at 1132 Dundas St W, east of Ossington Ave on the north side in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood. 

Since 1932, The Lakeview has been serving traditional breakfasts and more to its guests. The restaurant has been featured in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives along with Hollywood movies like Hairspray and Cocktail
July 13, 1983/December 212019 – The Lakeview Restaurant at 1132 Dundas St W, east of Ossington Ave on the north side in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood. Since 1932, The Lakeview has been serving traditional breakfasts and more to its guests. The restaurant has been featured in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives along with Hollywood movies like Hairspray and Cocktail (City of Toronto Archives, Harvey R. Naylor fonds, Fonds 1526, File 71, Item 136)

2020/1972 - Greenspan Partners LLP/CIBC at King St E & Jarvis St, northwest corner
2020/1972 – Greenspan Partners LLP/CIBC at King St E & Jarvis St, northwest corner (City of Toronto Archives)

March 15, 2020/1972 – Looking southwest towards the corner of Broadview Ave and Danforth Ave in the North Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto. 

The archive photo shows the corner building once accommodated several businesses, including Our Gift Shop, Mr. Spicee West Indian Foods, Coiffure Roc Longo Hair, Birk's Off-Track Betting, and Pizza House. Today, Pizza Pizza occupies the entire building. Pizza Pizza, established in 1967 by Mike Overs, continues today, with its original location at Church St and Wellesley St E still serving customers to this day
March 15, 2020/1972 – Looking southwest towards the corner of Broadview Ave and Danforth Ave in the North Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto.

The archive photo shows the corner building once accommodated several businesses, including Our Gift Shop, Mr. Spicee West Indian Foods, Coiffure Roc Longo Hair, Birk’s Off-Track Betting, and Pizza House. Today, Pizza Pizza occupies the entire building. Pizza Pizza, established in 1967 by Mike Overs, continues today, with its original location at Church St and Wellesley St E still serving customers to this day (City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Planning Board fonds, Fonds 2032, Series 841, File 23, Item 5)

May 30, 2020/1972 – Looking southwest towards the corner of Wellesley St E and Parliament St in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto.
 
The corner has remained virtually unchanged for almost 50 years. A convenience store, once a Mac's Milk as seen in the archive photo and now Jamestown Milk in the present-day photo, continues to be a prominent fixture at the intersection. 

Additionally, the original Pizza Pizza location, founded by Mike Overs on New Year's Eve in 1967, still stands just down the street to the right in both photos
May 30, 2020/1972 – Looking southwest towards the corner of Wellesley St E and Parliament St in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto.

The corner has remained virtually unchanged for almost 50 years. A convenience store, once a Mac’s Milk as seen in the archive photo and now Jamestown Milk in the present-day photo, continues to be a prominent fixture at the intersection.

Additionally, the original Pizza Pizza location, founded by Mike Overs on New Year’s Eve in 1967, still stands just down the street to the right in both photos (City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Planning Board fonds, Fonds 2032, Series 841, File 31, Item 12)

1972/2020 - The southwest corner of Simcoe St and Elm St was once home to The Dell Restaurant - today it's Hasty Market
1972/2020 – The southwest corner of Simcoe St and Elm St was once home to The Dell Restaurant – today it’s Hasty Market (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 2032, Series 841, File 44, Item 31)

December 1987/July 4, 2020 – Looking southeast toward the corner of Yonge St and Richmond St E in downtown Toronto. The archive photo shows the Hobberlin Building, constructed in 1907. Architect EJ Lennox designed the building for a store, warehouse and offices. The building was demolished in the mid-1980s, and today, the corner is home to the Yonge Richmond Centre 151 Yonge St (City of Toronto Archives, Ellis Wiley fonds, Fonds 124, File 3, ID 148)
December 1987/July 4, 2020 – Looking southeast toward the corner of Yonge St and Richmond St E in downtown Toronto. The archive photo shows the Hobberlin Building, constructed in 1907. Architect EJ Lennox designed the building for a store, warehouse and offices. The building was demolished in the mid-1980s, and today, the corner is home to the Yonge Richmond Centre 151 Yonge St (City of Toronto Archives, Ellis Wiley fonds, Fonds 124, File 3, ID 148)

2021/1945 - Imperial Hotel at 54 Dundas St E, and Victoria Ln once Imperial Hotel
2021/1945 – Imperial Hotel at 54 Dundas St E, and Victoria Ln once Imperial Hotel (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1257, Series 1057, Item 525)

October 17, 2020/Circa 1945 - Looking northwest towards Isabella Hotel at the corner of Sherbourne St and Isabella St, in the Upper Jarvis neighbourhood of Toronto. 

The mansion portion of the hotel was built in the early 1890s by Jeremiah Bedford in the Queen Anne revival style. In 1914, the seven-storey tower was added by architect Neil G Beggs. The mansion received heritage status from the city in 1991
October 17, 2020/Circa 1945 – Looking northwest towards Isabella Hotel at the corner of Sherbourne St and Isabella St, in the Upper Jarvis neighbourhood of Toronto.

The mansion portion of the hotel was built in the early 1890s by Jeremiah Bedford in the Queen Anne revival style. In 1914, the seven-storey tower was added by architect Neil G Beggs. The mansion received heritage status from the city in 1991 (City of Toronto Archives, Alexandra Studio fonds, Fonds 1257, Series 1057, Item 526)
May 20, 1956/October 17, 2020 - James Cooper House is located at 582 Sherbourne St and Linden St, on the northwest corner in the Upper Jarvis neighbourhood of Toronto. 

The stunning Second Empire-style mansion was constructed in 1881. Architect Charles J Read designed it for James Cooper, a prominent partner in the footwear manufacturing firm Cooper and Smith. Today, the historic mansion has been integrated into a residential tower
May 20, 1956/October 17, 2020 – James Cooper House is located at 582 Sherbourne St and Linden St, on the northwest corner in the Upper Jarvis neighbourhood of Toronto.

The stunning Second Empire-style mansion was constructed in 1881. Architect Charles J Read designed it for James Cooper, a prominent partner in the footwear manufacturing firm Cooper and Smith. Today, the historic mansion has been integrated into a residential tower

June 19, 2021/June 6, 1981 - The National Club, founded in 1874, is located at 303 Bay St, between Adelaide St W and King St W, on the east side in Downtown Toronto. Built in 1906/07, architects Curry, Sproatt & Rolph designed the red brick building in Neo-Georgian style. The building received heritage status from the city in 1973 and Ontario Heritage Trust in 1976
June 19, 2021/June 6, 1981 – The National Club, founded in 1874, is located at 303 Bay St, between Adelaide St W and King St W, on the east side in Downtown Toronto. Built in 1906/07, architects Curry, Sproatt & Rolph designed the red brick building in Neo-Georgian style. The building received heritage status from the city in 1973 and Ontario Heritage Trust in 1976 (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 124, File 3, ID 81)

1911/June 27, 2020 – Looking northeast towards Victoria St and Richmond St E in the St Lawrence neighbourhood of Toronto. Notice the McCarron House on the left in the archive photo
1911/June 27, 2020 – Looking northeast towards Victoria St and Richmond St E in the St Lawrence neighbourhood of Toronto. Notice the McCarron House on the left in the archive photo (Toronto Public Library R-6216)

1928/March 6, 2021 - The Concourse Building, today part of EY Tower, is located at 100 Adelaide St W at Sheppard St in Toronto's Financial District. The design of the EY Tower incorporates a reproduction of the Concourse Building's south and east facades, blending decorative with contemporary architecture
1928/March 6, 2021 – The Concourse Building, today part of EY Tower, is located at 100 Adelaide St W at Sheppard St in Toronto’s Financial District. The design of the EY Tower incorporates a reproduction of the Concourse Building’s south and east facades, blending decorative with contemporary architecture (City of Toronto Archives, Baldwin and Greene, Architects fonds, Fonds 444, Series 2386, Item 2)

1972/2021 - The northeast corner of Dundas St E and Mutual St was once home to Tony’s Barbeque, Ted’s Variety and Tom’s Open Kitchen. Today Plug Canna6is occupies the space at 152 Dundas St E in the Garden District
1972/2021 – The northeast corner of Dundas St E and Mutual St was once home to Tony’s Barbeque, Ted’s Variety and Tom’s Open Kitchen. Today Plug Canna6is occupies the space at 152 Dundas St E in the Garden District (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 2032, Series 841, File 69, Item 15)

1926/July 25, 2021 – Looking northeast towards the corner of Bloor St W and Bay St in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto. In the 1920s, the corner was home to Mulberry Inn and Tea Rooms
1926/July 25, 2021 – Looking northeast towards the corner of Bloor St W and Bay St in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto. In the 1920s, the corner was home to Mulberry Inn and Tea Rooms (City of Toronto Archives, William James Family fonds, Fonds 1244, Item 7076)

2020/1947 – The Alhambra Theatre was once located at 568 Bloor St W, on the north side, west of Bathurst St. The theatre opened in 1910 as the King George. It became the Alhambra in 1920, later renamed the Baronet in 1969, and the Eve Theatre followed in 1972. The building was demolished in the mid-1980s is currently home to retail shops
2020/1947 – The Alhambra Theatre was once located at 568 Bloor St W, on the north side, west of Bathurst St. The theatre opened in 1910 as the King George. It became the Alhambra in 1920, later renamed the Baronet in 1969, and the Eve Theatre followed in 1972. The building was demolished in the mid-1980s is currently home to retail shops (Archives of Ontario I0020596)

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