What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

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.s0574_fl0020_id49390 s0574_fl0020_id49391 s0574_fl0020_id49392403 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


Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 4.48.23 PM s0574_fl0020_id49393The Kresge’s sign across the street is reflected in the vitrolite facade.

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 4.51.31 PM s0574_fl0020_id49394 s0574_fl0020_id49395 s0574_fl0020_id49396The intersection of McGill Street.

Below a wide shot looking south with the theatre completed.

pictures-r-4021s0574_fl0020_id49397I was curious what Technocracy Inc. was in 1950.

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.” s0574_fl0020_id49398 s0574_fl0020_id49399The corner of Granby Street.


2 responses

  1. Mark Moore

    ‘Women’s Christian Temperance Union` sign.

    February 5, 2014 at 10:36 pm

  2. That buildings still there. Good luck tomorrow with Gavin. No stunt driving please.

    February 5, 2014 at 11:57 pm

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