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.
- Photo: Denise Marie for TorontoJourney416
- Vintage Photo: City of Toronto Archives