What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

Parkdale Butcher, Chas Gailer.

1559832_607789515957703_1474315540_nThis photo was labelled Parkdale Butcher. A little research in the City of Toronto Directory, 1913 has  Minnie (the Widow of Chas) and her family located at 1486 Queen Street West.

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Next door at 1484 is the plumbing business of William G.D.Adams. I lived at 1484 Queen West above the store for a number of years in the 1980’s….

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queen+and+macdonnel+1898An early postcard of the entire block looking east.

1484-queen-st-west-1979060Sometime in the late 1970’s when there was a Music School above the shoe store.

4698417046_aa77bba8cd_o Again in the mid 1980’s. This photo by Patrick Cummins.

Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 10.01.13 AMAnd a more recent shot.

4697792843_0656f0de1c_oFrom Jameson, The butcher shop would have been where the Jeans Store is and the plumber, where BB Shoes is in this photo from the 1980’s.

When I first moved in (1983) the Shoppers drug Store was an old Woolworths (with a lunch counter) but it was gone shortly after. The apartment above the Jeans Store has been empty since the late 1930’s. It’s a complete 2 story apartment with a grand entrance at the top of the stairs. Originally built for the shopkeeper’s family to live in it’s like visiting the Titanic. I used to take people through it on “ghost tours” as I knew the secret entrance. Time stopped here in 1938 or so……

Photo by Patrick Cummins.

Screen Shot 2012-04-04 at 10.16.56 AM Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 10.04.22 AMA couple of current photos.


2 responses

  1. I would love to know more about the old building with the tower. I used to run galleryDK at 1332 Queen and saw this building all the time. I have spent so much time daydreaming about what is in the vacant looking upper floors. Just drove by again today and had to start searching for information on it.

    I would bribe Mr. Cummins with whatever it takes to get a look inside. Roti, coffee, beer or burgers – you name it.

    I am a junkie for this site, there aren’t enough of us who appreciate Toronto history. I am a realtor, and find myself giving history lessons as I drive clients around. Sometimes I have to stop when I notice their glazed eyes… I wish they cared more.

    Anyway. Please, photos of the inside or a tour, help a guy out.


    July 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  2. This is one of Parkdale’s most interesting historical buildings and It is very hard to find out more about it.

    March 20, 2015 at 3:10 am

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