What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

Adelaide and Bay/Then and Now

I’ve discovered two more photos of the John Doel house in its final days and decided to re post this article. They’re at at the end of this post.


pictures-r-2127The N/W corner of Bay and Adelaide in the early 1800’s, the home and brewery of John Doel.


John Doel.

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The N/W corner of Bay and Adelaide in 1827, the home and brewery of John Doel.

For some reason this corner has been very well documented and it’s gradual decline from rural homestead to urban mess has been recorded.




Although this photo is labelled 1914 in the archives it has to be earlier as E.S. Willard performed his final North American tour in 1905 and died in 1915. By now the rural family home of Mr. Doel has been converted to commercial space, an employment agency of some sort.


E.S. Willard.




Screen Shot 2013-02-18 at 7.14.24 PMThe N/W corner of Bay and Adelaide in 1910.

By now the family house has been turned into a discount store and is in a sad state of disrepair.

Suits $15.00-no more, no less!

The Gayety Theatre (billboard) was located on Richmond Street.

fonds 1266, Globe and Mail fondsAgain in 1924 shortly before it’s demolition.

bay2badelaide2b24A wider shot in 1924 showing the empty lot……

The same corner in 2010.

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For more information on the life of John Doel please visit the Black Creek Growler.

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