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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

10 key Toronto intersections as they were 100 years ago

toronto yonge queen100 years is a long time for a Toronto intersection to evolve. Streets get widened, buildings get knocked down, and in many cases rural idyll is replaced by urban hustle. For some of these 10 intersections, the changes have been profound (Bayview and Eglinton is barely recognizable,) but others remain familiar. At Queen and Yonge (above,) many of the buildings present in 1910 are still standing. In fact, the east side of the street remains largely unchanged. If it wasn't for construction of the Eaton Centre and the loss of the Yonge streetcars, the photo would likely be very similar today.

Here's a look at 10 key Toronto intersections as they were 100 years ago.

Bayview and Eglinton - 1910

toronto bayview eglintonBayview looking north from Eglinton. Today, the Metro supermarket would be on the right side of the frame.

Bloor and Keele - 1915

toronto bloor keeleKeele east from Bloor during streetcar track construction in 1915.

College and Spadina - 1912

toronto college spadinaSouth on Spadina from College in 1912. The El Mocambo building is on the right.

Danforth and Broadview - 1912

toronto broadview danforthLooking southeast across Broadview and Danforth in 1912. The building in the centre of the frame currently houses a Tim Hortons and a yoga studio.

Lawrence and Kennedy - 1904

toronto kennedy lawrenceLooking south on Kennedy from near the present-day intersection with Lawrence in 1904.

Queen and Bay - 1911

toronto queen bayQueen and Bay looking south from Old City Hall in 1911.

King, Queen, and Roncesvalles - 1919

toronto queen roncesvallesLooking across King, Queen, and Roncesvalles before the Gardiner Expressay and Sunnyside Amusement Park in 1919.

St. Clair and Yonge - 1911

toronto st clair yongeSouthwest corner of St. Clair and Yonge in 1911 prior to the street being widened.

College and Yonge - 1912

toronto yonge collegeSouth on Yonge from College before the intersection with Carlton street was created and before College Park. The streetcar on the left is on Carlton.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Images: City of Toronto Archives (as marked.) All others Toronto Public Library.

by Chris Bateman via blogTO

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