The recent opening of First Gulf's 17-storey Globe and Mail Centre has added roughly 500,000 ft² to the King East Centre commercial complex, located on that street between Sherbourne and Parliament. That wasn't the first recent expansion of that complex, though. Another one that took place just a few years prior is the subject of this week's Throwback Thursday.

Back in 2010, work had recently begun on the conversion of the 1975-built Toronto Sun Building's south side to convert some of the space into a No Frills supermarket when the shot below was taken. Next up, work would soon begin on a three-storey, structural steel and glass addition designed by Pellow + Associates Architects, on top of the existing three-storey brick-clad commercial property.

Looking northeast on Princess Street at the King East Centre, 2010, image by Forum contributor chriskayTO

Returning to the same vantage point after six and a half years shows the addition atop the structure. Following its completion back in 2013, the Canadian headquarters for Coca-Cola moved in, along with George Brown College, while Sun Media retained just a single floor of the original building. Following the 2015 acquisition of the Sun chain by PostMedia, the media organization vacated their space within the building for good. The 2017 view also shows the new Globe and Mail Centre at the east end of the King East Centre property, now serving as that newspaper's headquarters, returning a news media organization to the complex. In the background to the north, the west tower of Axiom Condos can be seen approaching its final height on Adelaide Street East. 

Looking northeast on Princess Street, May 2017, image by Jack Landau

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

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