This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to Mutual Street, between Queen and Shuter, for a north-facing view overlooking some major changes. Back on August 25th, 2002, this angle provided a great view of construction on the topped-out Boot Condos at 75 Dalhousie. Designed by Young & Wright Architects, the 12-storey, 153-unit condominium development would be completed the following year.
Fast forward to today, and people would be hard pressed to tell it was the same city. The most prominent new structure in this view is CentreCourt Developments' Core Condos. Topped out at 26 storeys, the Page + Steele / IBI Group and Architecture Unfolded-designed tower recently had its exterior hoist removed, and is closing in on completion. To the immediate east of Core, 76 Shuter Condos is a 15-storey, 124-unit condominium development that replaced the vacant site seen in the "before" photo. To the west of Core Condos, demolition work has begun at the former home of Now Magazine, where Menkes Developments' 60 Shuter is proposed to rise 29 storeys, featuring a design by architectsAlliance. In the background, the glass exteriors of the 78-storey Aura at College Park and the 50-storey Karma Condos are also visible.
In the meantime, future redevelopment of the parking lot in the foreground will all but eliminate this viewpoint, with the coming multi-tower plan for 88 Queen East.
We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!