Then: What the caption says. Spadina Cr. walkabout over the next few days. Are you up for it? :) Lets go.
First, peeking into the frame from the left we have the 1875 Gothic Revival building which was the first Knox College, then becoming the Spadina Military Hospital in 1915. I'm trying to locate a book in my library that shows a picture of a demure 21-year-old Amelia Earhart (working as a volunteer nurses aid) standing on one of the fire escapes on the north side of building. After 1943, the hospital became Connaught Medical Research Laboratories. Then in 1972 it became classroom space for the University of Toronto.
Now: May 2011. As the termination vista point for Spadina Avenue, this is one of the more visually interesting sections of this street. The streetcar as it appears suddenly from around the bend adds a sense of transportation drama. A snack, takeaway lunch or dinner can be enjoyed on the lawn here. Toronto's less fortunate sometimes sleep on that lawn; they've never bothered me.