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Thread: Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecharioteer View Post
    Question would be when the building on the NW corner of Front and York (the W.R. Johnson Building, shown here in 1929) was demolished:

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    It was likely demolished for the University Avenue extension down to meet York St at the south side of Front. Was that around 1960-61? Was it built in conjunction with the one-way scheme on Wellington, Richmond and Adelaide?


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertHWagstaff View Post
    It was likely demolished for the University Avenue extension down to meet York St at the south side of Front. Was that around 1960-61? Was it built in conjunction with the one-way scheme on Wellington, Richmond and Adelaide?
    Or, perhaps, in conjunction with the University subway line (along with the underground garage at that location)

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    I think that the 1930 University Avenue extension always went down to Front Street, as seen in this 1945-56 map:

    http://maps.library.utoronto.ca/data.../business4.jpg

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    It did; but it stopped bluntly at Front Street--I believe the "extension" we're dealing with is the direct connector into York Street, which would have clipped the block in question...

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    Quote Originally Posted by adma View Post
    It did; but it stopped bluntly at Front Street--I believe the "extension" we're dealing with is the direct connector into York Street, which would have clipped the block in question...
    Yes, that's what I was thinking of. "Extension" might have been the wrong description. The original extension to Front is still there as the portion where turns to Front are premitted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adma View Post
    It did; but it stopped bluntly at Front Street--I believe the "extension" we're dealing with is the direct connector into York Street, which would have clipped the block in question...
    Good point, adma. In the Planning Board map from 1957-60 it still hasn't been constructed:

    http://jpeg2000.eloquent-systems.com...08_it0005b.jp2

    Perhaps it was constructed as part of "local improvements" at the same time as the central portion of the Gardiner Expressway, in which the York Street on and off ramps were completed in 1962/63.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardiner_Expressway
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    Quote Originally Posted by thecharioteer View Post
    Good point, adma. In the Planning Board map from 1957-60 it still hasn't been constructed:

    http://jpeg2000.eloquent-systems.com...08_it0005b.jp2

    Perhaps it was constructed as part of "local improvements" at the same time as the central portion of the Gardiner Expressway, in which the York Street on and off ramps were completed in 1962/63.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardiner_Expressway
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    Under construction in 1962 - in connection with both the York ramps and the University subway construction?
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    And done in 1971.
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    Thankyou, getting closer to a good street view of 185 Bay
    I think it's the next building north from where the Parking sign is


    1970's:

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