This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to the intersection of Bathurst and Wellington in Toronto's King West neighbourhood. Back on February 27, 2006, the 1940-built Streamline Moderne style International Harvester building at 51 Bathurst Street—originally constructed as a showroom for the agricultural automotive company of the same name—was in use as an auto repair shop called 'Crangle's Collision'. 

Throwback Thursday, Thompson Hotel, International Harvester Building, TorontoCrangle's Collision in the International Harvester Building, February 27, 2006, image by Edward Skira

Fast forward to May 19, 2016, and the structure's main Bathurst Street facade has been incorporated into the base of Freed Developments' 550 Wellington West and Thompson Hotel, a 15-storey condominium and hotel development featuring a design by architectsAlliance. A diner-themed restaurant now occupies the space, featuring interiors that complement the Streamline Moderne exterior. A few other new developments can also be seen in the 2016 photo, including from left to right on the horizon, Freed's SIX50 King West, Plaza's Musée Condos, and Freed's Thompson Residences.

Throwback Thursday, Thompson Hotel, International Harvester Building, TorontoThe building incorporated into the Thompson Hotel, May 19, 2016, image by Jack Landau

We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!


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