Friday, February 5, 2010

Fern Avenue School Then and Now

Fern Avenue Public School was built in 1894.
My Father attended this school in the early 1940's.
Photo courtesy of Chuckman's Postcard Collection
The school as it stands today. The west tower and cupola are gone as well as
the central chimney and much of the ornamental decoration.
A voting card from 1913 courtesy of Chuckman's Postcard Collection.

How Buildings Learn/ The Ryrie Building/Silver Rail

The N/E corner of Yonge and Shuter in 1913. The Ryrie Building (1891) is seen before the
additions that extended the structure south to the corner and the addition of another floor.
Architects drawing showing the proposed changes.
The realization. Not quite as decorative as the plan.
A few years later.
Sometime in the 1930's when Muirhead's Grill occupied the S/E corner
The 1950's when the Silver Rail occupied the space. The cornice is
already gone at this point.

Fern Avenue Then and Now

A shot of Fern Avenue looking east towards the School on the left. The year is
unknown but note the absence of parked cars on the street.
These houses were all quite new when this photograph was taken
Photo courtesy of Chuckman's Postcard Collection.
The trees have grown and so have the cars.