Banner photo is 229 and 231 Queen St W in 2015. Photo by K Taylor. To the many who loved it (and here I mean me), Queen W. is no longer the strip it once was. The Queen W of my teens and early 20s was a colourful street, with the stretch between Bathurst and Simcoe […]Read more "229 and 231 Queen W – Kops and The Condom Shack"
Toronto Lithographing Company – 461 King St. W. Photo by K Taylor. High up on my list of favourite Toronto buildings is 461 King St. W. which sits on the south side of the street, just west of Spadina. It was built for the Toronto Lithographing Company in 1901 by architects Gouinlock and Baker. That an industrial […]Read more "Toronto Lithographing Company"
Banner photo is of 407 Spadina Ave in 2010. Photo by K Taylor. From the early to mid 1890s, a number of small businesses hung their shingle at 407 Spadina. First, a wallpaper hanger named W.H. Cheshire, followed by John Regan’s bakery, a restaurant called Bell and Jolliffe and finally the fascinatingly named American Bamboo and Plating Co. (Bamboo and plating?) But a painter […]Read more "407 Spadina Ave., East side."
Banner image is from the 1902 Toronto City Directory. 439 Spadina Ave, East side. Several generations of ghost ads blanket the side of this lovely old Spadina Ave. building, built circa 1890 – so many it’s hard to believe there was a time the paint was so fresh that one ad silenced the others. Most visible […]Read more "Ghost ads – 439 Spadina Avenue"