Underground Public Lavatory in 1914 & 2023

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Looking south on Spadina Ave from Queen St W in Toronto. In the archive photo, notice the median to the wagon’s left, where the city’s second underground public lavatory was accessed through a stairway. The subterranean bathroom opened in 1906, but by the 1930s, there were calls to close it because it was a traffic menace and the $5,000 yearly cost to operate it.

February 1914/2023 – Looking south on Spadina Ave from Queen St W in Toronto. In the archive photo, notice the median to the wagon's left, where the city's second underground public lavatory was accessed through a stairway. The subterranean bathroom opened in 1906, but by the 1930s, there were calls to close it because it was a traffic menace and the $5,000 yearly cost to operate it
February 1914/2023 – Looking south on Spadina Ave from Queen St W in Toronto (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 7167)
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