Yonge and Gerrard Mostly Then
Prior to the construction of the subway, the buildings on both sides of the street were well documented to account for any problems during the build, i.e. foundation and brick cracking problems.
This series (1949/50) documents the east side of Yonge from just north of Gerrard to McGill. Only two buildings remain today 401-405 Yonge and 407. Also note in the first photo that the Savoy Theatre (later the Coronet) is under construction. 403 was the home of Lindy’s Steakhouse for years. here it’s the Open Hearth Grill.
Below a shot of the Coronet with a piece of Lindy’s, 1979
Below a wide shot looking south with the theatre completed.
Chris Bateman writes:
“Standing out among the anonymous stores on this block is Technocracy Inc., a base for a short-lived Depression-era social movement that advocated replacing politicians with scientists and engineers for the benefit of the economy. The group was banned for a short time in Canada over suspicions surrounding its ideology, a position perhaps not helped by its red and grey uniformed staff and their matching vehicles. The movement was all but dead by the time this picture was taken and the store looks abandoned. Eagle-eyed observers will be able to spot the faint reflection of the photographer, camera and tripod in the Technocracy window.” The corner of Granby Street.