This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to the intersection of Queen and Yonge in the year 2000, where an urban intensification project was adding a 19-storey office tower atop a heritage 1912 bank building on the intersection's northeast corner. In the north-facing photo below, new construction can be seen rising from the bank's roof for the WZMH Architects-designed 2 Queen Street East.
Fast forward to 2016, and the office tower with lead tenant Manulife Financial, has long since been completed. Clad in metal and glass, the tower features aluminum-clad columns that emphasize the structure's verticality, while a curving sculptural roof has become a recognizable feature on the Financial District skyline. The 2016 view below also shows the crane from the HNR Dundas Square rental tower, two blocks to the north.
A wider view helps to put the full tower in perspective. This same view will soon be further altered by the 60-storey Massey Tower, which will rise to the north on Yonge Street.
We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!