The ongoing intensification of Toronto's Entertainment District has brought countless new residents and businesses to the area, filling in several gaps in the urban fabric in the process. Going back ten years, the Entertainment District was still a primarily commercial district, populated largely by surface parking and club venues. In 2005, construction was well under way on Great Gulf HomesThe Hudson Condos, a 21-storey, Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed condominium tower at the northeast corner of King and Spadina, right at the western edge of the Entertainment District.

Construction of The Hudson viewed from the southwest corner of King and Spadina, August 8 2005, image by Edward Skira

Fast forward to April 16, 2015, and The Hudson has long since been completed. A number of other high-rise additions to the Entertainment District have been built since 2005, a few of which are visible in the image below. These developments include Charlie Condos, M5V Condominiums, and the Festival Tower/tiff Bell Lightbox. The recently re-clad First Canadian Place is also visible in the distance.

The Hudson viewed from the southwest corner of King and Spadina, April 16 2015, image by Jack Landau

We turn to a wider view to show The Hudson at its final height above the King and Spadina intersection.

The Hudson viewed from the southwest corner of King and Spadina, April 16 2015, image by Jack Landau

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

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