News   Oct 18, 2019
 400     0 
News   Oct 18, 2019
 949     0 
News   Oct 18, 2019
 717     0 

Oddfellows Hall 450 Yonge @ Carlton (?, 5s addition, ERA)

interchange42

Administrator
Staff member
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 23, 2007
Messages
22,430
Reaction score
17,363
Location
by the Humber

egotrippin

Senior Member
Member Bio
Joined
Jul 7, 2007
Messages
2,123
Reaction score
35
Location
Scarborough Junction
This city won't rest until every single heritage structure has a soulless, ugly glass hat squatting on its roof. I just can't wait for the day that a vertical addition is proposed for this building's neighbour to the south.
 

PWM

New Member
Member Bio
Joined
Dec 5, 2014
Messages
25
Reaction score
55
Location
Toronto

Attachments

Last edited by a moderator:

adma

Superstar
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 23, 2007
Messages
16,459
Reaction score
1,053
It was the 1970s. I suppose we can be thankful they didn't demolish the entire thing for surface parking.
Though actually, the 70s interior went beyond the call of duty in leaving well enough alone at the ground level, maintaining the Yonge-side interior arcade (truly one of Toronto's great Deco interiors) and all. Trouble is, the resulting "Shops at College Park" felt like a mummified and forlorn faux-deco white elephant from Day 1--thus, it all wound up being subdivided into Winners et al a quarter century later, and the glam but space-hogging arcade obliterated from view. And all the *real* action is in the commonplace concourse level.
 

AlvinofDiaspar

Moderator
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 22, 2007
Messages
26,069
Reaction score
13,019
Location
Toronto
Though actually, the 70s interior went beyond the call of duty in leaving well enough alone at the ground level, maintaining the Yonge-side interior arcade (truly one of Toronto's great Deco interiors) and all. Trouble is, the resulting "Shops at College Park" felt like a mummified and forlorn faux-deco white elephant from Day 1--thus, it all wound up being subdivided into Winners et al a quarter century later, and the glam but space-hogging arcade obliterated from view. And all the *real* action is in the commonplace concourse level.
What is made can be unmade - I foresee the possibility in the future of that space being made whole again.

AoD
 

adma

Superstar
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 23, 2007
Messages
16,459
Reaction score
1,053
What is made can be unmade - I foresee the possibility in the future of that space being made whole again.

AoD
Indeed, I believe at the time of the most recent conversion, provision was made for alterations to be "reversible" to some degree or another. (That's why elements of the arcade remain behind the drywalled subdivided shops--including, of course, the wooden escalater in the space that became DeBoers.)
 

AlvinofDiaspar

Moderator
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 22, 2007
Messages
26,069
Reaction score
13,019
Location
Toronto
Indeed, I believe at the time of the most recent conversion, provision was made for alterations to be "reversible" to some degree or another. (That's why elements of the arcade remain behind the drywalled subdivided shops--including, of course, the wooden escalater in the space that became DeBoers.)
And even if it can't, there are probably sufficient records remaining to reconstruct it - if they can pull it off for Carlu, they can certainly do so in this case.

AoD
 

adma

Superstar
Member Bio
Joined
Apr 23, 2007
Messages
16,459
Reaction score
1,053
And that's the curious taketh-vs-giveth-away undercurrent here: the street-level ghost boutique mall serving as a smoke screen for the mothballing and endless rumours and uncertain future of the Carlu space. Then when they euthanized/subdivided the original street level space configuration, the Carlu came to be...
 
Top