Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Shaw Street/Then and Now

These houses on Shaw Street north of Bloor were already showing signs of trouble in 1933.
They were built on unstable land fill over a ravine that was formerly Garrison Creek. Their problems have only worsened over the years.

1933.
2010.
1933.
2010.
1933.
2010.
At the time of the original photos the city building inspectors chose to label them as "defective houses".

The original path of the creek.
Boys canoeing on the creek before it was buried.

5 comments:

  1. I like to call those houses on Shaw the "laughing houses".

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  2. I don't think the owners are laughing! It's amazing that they're still standing but I imagine that the interiors have all been levelled.

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  3. I am working on a documentary film about buried rivers. I would like to know the source of the last photo here "Boys canoeing on the creek before it was buried". Any source and id info would be very helpful. Thanks. Terri Foxman

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  4. The photo comes from the Toronto Archives.
    Easily searched:
    http://www.toronto.ca/archives/photographs/index.htm

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  5. I used to live at 848 Shaw from 1967 to 1982..it is amazing to see the difference. I miss "my" home alot - spent the best years growing up there since I was born until unfortunately leaving the country for good being daughter to Portuguese immigrants. Everytime I visit Toronto I still check out my old house - it wasn't the most crookit - miss it dearly. Love Toronto - Love Canada! By the way how much would these house cost nowadays?

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