Friday, May 25, 2012

Cherry and Front/Then and Now

 The old Canary Restaurant and School on Cherry Street (formerly Palace Street)
More on the history of this building here.
 It doesn't look much different now but it will!
An old house on the opposite side of the street circa 1983. It's hard to imagine that not only was this once a residential neighbourhood but that it was also the centre of the town. The Parliament buildings were a block away and Gooderham and Worts a major employer.
B&W photos by Cummins

Fraser Street/Then and Now

 Fraser Street looking north in 1986 before the gentrification of Liberty Village.
This is the alley where "The Fly" was shot.
B&W photos by Patrick Cummins.
Fly Alley as seen from the front, 2010.

Queen West/Then and Now

 The entrance to a very nice Art Deco Vitrolite storefront on Queen West as seen in the early 1980's by Patrick Cummins. I used to but Christmas trees here.
A current view. Although the original facade has been obliterated, it's spirit lives on withe the un-molested facade of the Swan restaurant next door.

Simcoe and Richmond/Then and Now

 Another of the City's long forgotten diners, the Simcoe Grill.
The N/W corner of Simcoe and Nelson Street.
Sorry, no arugula with a raspberry drizzle here....
Photo by Patrick Cummins circa 1983.

Bathurst and Stewart Street/Then and Now

 Thank you again to Patrick Cummins for taking the time to document the changing face of the city. 
Stewart Street as seen in 1983 with the the Executive Motor Hotel in the background. Downtown was a lot rougher back then....
 A scrap yard.
 A stitch up.
A view from 2010. The Executive was demolished last year and new condos are going up in it's place.
The Executive in better days.