Toronto Then and Now: Bloor and Royal York - The Intrepid
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Friday, March 05, 2010

Toronto Then and Now: Bloor and Royal York

Then
Royal York and Bloor Street West Northeast corner 1958Bloor Street West and Royal York Road, northeast corner. (1958)

Now
Royal York and Bloor Street West Northeast corner 2010Bloor Street West and Royal York Road, northeast corner. (2010)

Wow, Bloor Street West and Royal York Road was just as boring and dominated by chains in 1958 as it is today. Though I suppose it's no worse than Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue, and like that intersection, at least some of the older buildings have been preserved. Still, it's hard for me to get excited about an intersection that sports a Rogers Plus.

While Second Cup, HSBC, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Rogers Plus own the intersection today, in 1958 it was home to Esso, the Toronto Dominion Bank, and two of the largest and most influential department stores of the period: F.W. Woolworth Co. and S.S. Kresge (which would later become Foot Locker and K-Mart, respectively). In 1958, both of these five-and-dime stores were at their peak. Over the next half century, Wal-Mart, supermarkets, and discount stores would erode both companies' market shares, leaving them a shadow of their former selves.

Also interesting: note the number of residential television antennas that were already installed by 1958.

More photos after the break.

Then
Royal York and Bloor Street West Northwest corner 1958Bloor Street West and Royal York Road, northwest corner. (1958)

Now
Royal York and Bloor Street West Northwest corner 2010Bloor Street West and Royal York Road, northwest corner. (2010)

Then
Royal York and Bloor Street West Southwest corner facing east 1958Bloor Street West and Royal York Road, southwest corner facing east. (1958)

Now
Royal York and Bloor Street West Southwest corner facing east 2010Bloor Street West and Royal York Road, southwest corner facing east. (2010)

Then
Royal York and Bloor Street West Southwest corner 1958Bloor Street West and Royal York Road, southwest corner. (1958)

Now
Royal York and Bloor Street West Southwest corner 2010Bloor Street West and Royal York Road, southwest corner. (2010)

Then
Royal York and Bloor Street West Kingsway Car Care 1958Bloor Street West and Royal York Road, Kingsway Car Care Centre. (1958)

Now
Royal York and Bloor Street West Kingsway Car Care 2010Bloor Street West and Royal York Road, Kingsway Car Wash. (2010)

The 1958 photos of Bloor Street West and Royal York Road come from the City of Toronto Archives. The 2010 photos are by Stephen M.

5 comments:

Cinnamon Girl said...

Thanks for posting your photos - sadly, the Second Cup on the north-east corner of Bloor and Royal York has closed. This was a decent way to repurpose the old bank and made for a great spot to enjoy a cup of coffee. I can only hope that the landlord/new tenant remain as sensitive to the contribution the old TD bank building makes to the neighbourhood.

Stephen M. said...

From what I understand, the Kingsway Theatre will be expanding into the building on the corner, and turning it into its new cafe.

Iris said...

I agree with you. I hope they preserve what is left of the former second cup. I was wondering if you had some photos of bloor west and kennedy park area? I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide me with some photos.

Connor M. said...

This is awesome, thanks! Also, cool to hear that the theatre is expanding into the old second cup location!

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