The historic Toronto Harbour Commission Building was at one time the southernmost building in Toronto, though harbour infill and urban development have since allowed the city to grow two more blocks south the 1917-built structure. One doesn't have to look too far back into the past to find a drastically altered view of the area surrounding this landmark, such as this week's Throwback Thursday, captured just over three years ago on April 30th, 2013. At that time, construction was well along for the 67 and 57-storey, architectsAlliance-designed towers of Ïce Condominiums, as well as the newest phase of Infinity Condos behind them. 

Throwback Thursday, Toronto Harbour Commission Building, South CoreToronto Harbour Commission Building viewed from Bay and Harbour, April 30, 2013, image by Marcus Mitanis

A few years later, the same vantage point at the intersection of Bay and Harbour Streets presents quite a changed scene. The since-completed Ïce Condominiums and Infinity Condos have been obscured from view by the mixed-use Sun Life Financial Tower & Harbour Plaza Residences development. The development consists of three towers joined by a shared retail podium. The office tower component at One York Street is topped off at 35 storeys and fully clad, while the two condominium towers (only one of which is visible in the image below) race closer to their final heights of 62 and 66 storeys. A new elevated pedestrian bridge spanning over Harbour Street connects the development with the PATH network.

Throwback Thursday, Toronto Harbour Commission Building, South CoreToronto Harbour Commission Building viewed from Bay and Harbour, August 11 2016, image by Jack Landau

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