This week, we revisit a previously-featured Toronto corner for Throwback Thursday, revealing over four years of progress in the demolition and re-skinning of a landmark heritage facade at Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West. Travelling back to January, 2016, the 1928-built Loblaw Warehouse at the intersection's northeast corner was having its stone and red brick exterior carefully disassembled and catalogued for future reconstruction into a modern mixed-use complex. The January, 2016 view below shows the building mid-way through the exterior disassembly, surrounded by hoarding advertising the West Block Est. 1928, The LakeShore, and The LakeFront complex that would soon rise from the site.

Demolition of the Loblaw warehouse at Bathurst and Lake Shore, January 14, 2016, image by Jack Landau

The crumbling skeleton of the heritage building would come down later in 2016, paving the way for the shoring and excavation of the new complex's construction. We returned to this vantage point in July, 2018, when the new concrete structure of the mixed-use development was ascending above the intersection. The complex's rebuilt heritage component, known as West Block Est. 1928, was nearing its final height of seven storeys, while the 37 and 41-storey condo towers known as The LakeShore and The LakeFront had begun to rise to the north, adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway. The 2018 view below includes new buildings since added to the CityPlace skyline, Newton and Forward Condos.

Rebuilding the Loblaw warehouse at Bathurst and Lake Shore, July 31, 2018, image by Forum contributor G.L.17

Returning yet again in June, 2020, and the heritage facades have been faithfully reconstituted around the new concrete structure of West Block, topped by a modern architectsAlliance-designed office section. Other details like street trees are now adding to the public realm outside of West Block. The heritage wall rebuilding, overseen by heritage specialists ERA Architects, was covered in greater detail in an article published late last year. North of the reconstituted warehouse, the complex's pair of condominium towers are now closing in on completion.

West Block approaching completion, June 16, 2020, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto. In the meantime, you can submit your own Throwback Thursday comparisons in our dedicated Forum thread for your chance to be featured in next week's edition.

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