What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

Shuter and Dalhousie/Then and Now

An unlikely survivor on the north east corner.

1890 and 2012.

pictures-r-1073 Screen shot 2014-03-30 at 9.20.27 AM


4 responses

  1. John Mack

    When I arrived in Toronto in 1965, the bldg. on the N/E corner of Shuter and Dalhousie was known as the “Dolphin House” – a “B” grade rooming house. That’s were a cab-driver had dropped me off when I asked him where I could stay after having just departed a train (from Sarnia) at Union Station on Front St. The Dolphin House was right “out-of-the-movies” and a gruff unshaven pot-belled heavy-set guy in a sleeveless yellowed T-shirt greeted me at the door and said, “What the hell do you want?” I was 15 years old, It was about 11:30 at night, the charming slovenly host reeked of beer and… that was my formal welcome to Toronto!

    The next day, I walked to Yonge Street and took the Subway (for the first time) going north to Eglinton Station which at the time, was the end of the Yonge St. line. From there, I walked two blocks north to a second floor bowling alley on the east side of the street known as the “Bowl-O-Drome”. The manager (Ed Moody) hired me on the spot as a pin-setter and from that day forward, I have been self-supporting ever since! The main floor of the building was occupied by a newspaper known as the “North Toronto Herald” and the owner’s son used to drive a mid-fifties 4-door Packard sedan which I still remember well.

    The photo of the Dolphin House building shows the west wall in recent times and has been modernized and painted white (including a large round window) but when I was there the whole wall was of the same reddish-brick as the front and all of the windows were original.

    Thank you for posting the photo – even though the sign that used to hang above the sidewalk (with the image of a dolphin) is long gone!

    John Mack

    August 18, 2014 at 4:55 am

    • Excellent story. Thanks

      August 18, 2014 at 10:09 am

      • John Mack

        Thanks Greg, I appreciate your reply especially when I wasn’t expecting to receive one! At this point in my life, I am now just cruising – on Canada Pension and OAS… Even so, for a guy who started out setting pins in a bowling alley, I am actually reasonably well-off because of assets acquired along the way and also the fact that I am not encumbered by debt of any sort.

        In reflection, I have come to realize that life is a “time-trip”. I have been in the past and now I’m here in the present. I do wish I had taken more photos especially when much of my time in T.O. was spent admiring the many classic buildings which no longer exist, not to mention many of the people that I knew back then.

        Thank you and… with my best regards!


        August 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm

  2. I wish I’d taken more photos when I was young as well. The city didn’t seem to change a quickly. Thank you for your input to the site.

    August 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm

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