Saturday, February 27, 2010

Queen and Spadina/ Then and Now

Here's a shot looking south east on Spadina across queen Street taken in 1920 or so. The Church, St. Margarets was converted into a factory in the late 1910's.
2010, the church is still here with a new Art Deco facade and has been re-purposed as a clothing store. A look down the alley reveals the old church windows, and remnants of the bell tower.
An earlier photo with St Margaret's on the left and in the foreground the entrance to the public washrooms that were located in the centre median.
It must have been a comfort to know back then that despite not having a cell phone, Blackberry or I-Pod that you could still be confident that there was a public washroom available should the need arise. Sometimes you have to go.

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