Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Old Signs- Toronto

Sorauren Store

This old corner store on Sorauren finally closed down recently after 40 years of business.
The old Ukranian lady that ran the place made most of her money from cigarettes and bootlegging beer out the back door. The interior is virtually untouched as the exterior signage.
The day it sold someone came in a and stripped all of the vintage displays and pushbars .

The store has recently re-opened as an organic plant store.
Sadly the interior of the store was ripped out last week....

King and Dufferin/Then and Now

King Street West looking east across Dufferin circa 1910.
A similar view today.
The N/E corner of King and Dufferin.The Metallic Roofing Company of Canada began it's operation in 1884 and was the first such company in Canada. It was located at 1190-1192 King Street West. Tin ceiling tiles held enormous appeal as they were affordable, fireproof and could be decorated with custom designs. Sadly, the building fell into disrepair, but unlike many Toronto gems, it was dismantled and is presently in storage with the Ontario Heritage Trust. The façade is on display at the Ontario Heritage Trust building on Adelaide if you want to get a rare peak at a pressed metal building façade.
The facade in it's final days before it was taken apart for storage.
This sat at the corner of Liberty and Jefferson for several years.