Some photos of the bridge on Weston Road that I took in May of 1981. The bridge was closed at that time, but one could still walk across it. Shortly thereafter, the bridge was removed, but the approaches remained for years to come.
its amazing how tonally consistent your images are with the earlier ones. i gather the concrete silos and adjacent Victorian factory/warehouse far right in the 1920 image is the same one visible upper left in your shot. you can see a bit of the mansard roof in both.
(i like the big bag of Cream of Wheat ad in the early one. it reminds me of the big KFC bucket painted on that water tower on Jefferson Ave that used to be visible from the Gardiner....)
Ahh ... the KFC bucket!!!
Does that sign in the first shot actually say "Please keep off the sidewalk"? What the hell did they want folks to do, walk up the centre line?
Amazing thread! Thanks so much to all those involved.
On a tangentially related note, I was looking at the old plans for the 400 extension on the Get Toronto Moving website (that guy's got some really interesting new stuff up there) and it's amazing to see how much of the land was already cleared for the project. Most of the corridor is either now parkland or has obviously been developed in the last 20 years or so.
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What all this reminds me of is how different an era it was 30 years ago--an era before the kind of guerilla urbanism that led to phenomena like the Railpath and urban exploration in general. Back then, the Old Weston bridge was taken by most to be pretty much sealed-off and rather frightening, and not nearly the kind of creative-spirit urban idee fixe it'd be today...
Too bad that the city couldn't build a pedestrian/bicycle bridge following the alignment of the Old Weston Road bridge. Or a tunnel.
W. K. Lis
I found those photos interesting because they showed what the Maple Leaf Mills site on Junction Road looked like at that point. It was an impressive complex to its end, with bridges spanning the two silos. The silos are still there and a small warehouse but by comparison the site looks empty today. It's too bad that office building with the mansard roofs wasn't spared. Even the loss of the 1960s office building closer to Keele was regrettable because it hasn't been replaced with anything.
Yeah - like the old Heintzman building - historic brick to current salmon pink stucco! Yuck!