For over 120 years, the landmark Gooderham Building, often referred to as the Flatiron Building, has stood at the Church/Front/Wellington intersection. What was once the centre of Old Toronto is now part of the thriving St. Lawrence neighbourhood, which features an impressive catalogue of historic architecture from our city's early days.

The Flatiron Building has been a focal point of many "postcard" photos over the years, with modern development constantly adding more depth to the background. The new additions continue to spring up, transforming the view from year to year. Back in July of 2008, the backdrop to this classic angle was in the midst of change, as work was under way on Cityzen Development Group's London on The Esplanade, 33- and 16-storey condominium buildings at the northeast corner of Scott and Esplanade.

View of the Flatiron Building, July 19, 2008, image by Edward Skira

Today, the view has changed even more. The most obvious new addition is The Berczy, in the left foreground, while new high-rise condominiums L Tower and Ice Condominiums can be seen under construction in the background. Hidden from this angle, is the construction site of Backstage on The Esplanade, which is rising from Yonge and The Esplanade, to the immediate south of L Tower.

View of the Flatiron Building, December 10, 2014, image by Jack Landau

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

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