Underground Public Lavatory circa 1906 & 2023

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Looking southeast on Spadina Ave from Queen St W in Toronto’s Fashion District. The city’s second underground public lavatory was once accessed through a stairway in a centre median on Spadina Ave. The lamp in the archive photo served a dual purpose and was also a ventilation column. This subterranean lavatory had an average of over 700 patrons daily. By the late 1930s, there were calls to close the bathroom due to the traffic issues it was causing.

Circa 1906/2023 – Looking southeast on Spadina Ave from Queen St W in Toronto's Fashion District. The city's second underground public lavatory was once accessed through a stairway in a centre median on Spadina Ave. The lamp in the archive photo served a dual purpose and was also a ventilation column. This subterranean lavatory had an average of over 700 patrons daily. By the late 1930s, there were calls to close the bathroom due to the traffic issues it was causing
Circa 1906/2023 – Looking southeast on Spadina Ave from Queen St W in Toronto’s Fashion District (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 376, File 6, Item 84)
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