Toronto Then and Now: Bloor and Islington - The Intrepid

Monday, November 30, 2009

Toronto Then and Now: Bloor and Islington

Then
Islington and Bloor Street West Legion Looking East 1958Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, in front of the Legion hall, facing east. (1958)

Now
Islington and Bloor Street West Legion Looking East 2009Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, in front of the Legion hall, facing east. (2009)

It's amazing how much this intersection has changed over the last fifty years. Only the former Legion Hall, the general facade of the Pizza Pizza at Islington and Monkton, and electric towers—which I actually used to orient several of my shots—have remained the same.

When Islington station is renovated in 2010, the old Legion building will be demolished to make room for a new development by SNC-Lavalin. (The Legion is now located in an old warehouse on Jutland Avenue.)

It's also interesting to note that Islington Avenue was once divided by Bloor into Islington avenues north and south.

More images after the break.

Then
Islington and Bloor Street West Looking West 1958 Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, facing west. (1958)

Now
Islington and Bloor Street West Looking West 2009 Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, facing west. (2009)

Then
Islington and Bloor Street West TD South East Corner 1958 Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, facing southeast. (1958)

Now
Islington and Bloor Street West TD South East Corner 2009 Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, facing southeast. (2009)

Then
Islington and Bloor Street West Dick Jupp Motor Ltd 1958 south west 2 Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, Dick-Jupp Motors, facing northwest. (1958)

Now
Islington and Bloor Street West 2009 South West 2 Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, Islington station, facing northwest. (2009)

Then
Islington and Bloor Street West Dick Jupp Motor Ltd 1958 south west Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, facing northwest. (1958)

Now
Islington and Bloor Street West Dick Jupp Motor Ltd 2009 south west Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, facing northwest. (2009)

Then
Islington and Bloor 1958 Pizza Pizza Bloor Street West and Monkton Avenue, facing southwest. (1958)

Now
Islington and Bloor 2009 Pizza Pizza Bloor Street West and Monkton Avenue, facing southwest. (2009)

The 1958 photos of Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue come from the City of Toronto Archives. The 2009 photos are by Stephen M.

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