Serving as a monument to Toronto's rich railway heritage, Bremner Boulevard's Roundhouse Park offers a window into our past while also providing perspectives of the surrounding modern cityscape. Turning back the clocks to May, 2010, the park's preserved turntable is set against the changing backdrop of the city skyline. At that time, construction was in the late stages for the 53-storey Residences at The Ritz-Carlton on Wellington Street, visible on the left side of the image below. In the centre of the image, initial work on the First Canadian Place Rejuvenation can be seen, while at the far right the first several floors of 18 York Street—the first phase of the Southcore Financial Centre complex—can be seen rising.

View from Roundhouse Park, May 2010, image by Marcus Mitanis

Fast forward to September 2016 and the landscape has been radically altered. In addition to the since-completed projects shown in the "before" image, a number of new buildings have been added to the view. Following the completion of 18 York Street, the Southcore Financial Centre complex has grown with the addition of a second office tower, and a 45-storey Delta Hotel. At the far right side of the image below, a sliver of the 16-storey Infinity Condos complex is visible, while the new Ripley's Aquarium of Canada can be seen at the far left. Finally, if you click on the image to enlarge it, you'll see at its centre a bit of the EY Tower's peaked roofline, rising above the Exchange Tower in the Financial District.

View from Roundhouse Park, September 2016, image by Marcus Mitanis

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

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