What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

A Look at Ellis Ave/Then and Now

pictures-r-3048 Screen shot 2014-12-11 at 11.06.40 AMLooking south.

pictures-r-3047Looking south from Morningside, then called College Street, a continuation of present day College Street. See map below.

Screen shot 2014-12-11 at 11.29.35 AMmaps-r-111pictures-r-3019 Screen shot 2014-12-11 at 10.57.55 AMLooking north across the train tracks with the old Swansea pumping Station on the left.

ellis ellis 2010Check out a quick time lapse of these two photos below.


s0372_ss0100_it0092 Screen shot 2012-02-08 at 1.27.23 PMLooking south to the lake.

At the time the first photo was taken the Queensway did not exist. Queen Street West terminated at Parkside and resumed here at Ellis Ave continuing west. The Queensway extention was buit in 1956.

pictures-r-3140Looking east across Ellis Avenue in the mid 1950’s.

Screen shot 2014-12-11 at 11.38.31 AMA current view of the same angle.

pictures-r-3139 Screen shot 2014-12-11 at 11.40.24 AMLooking west.

s0372_ss0100_it0094Looking north again, with Herne Hill visible on the far right.

pictures-r-6443Looking south across the Queensway.

pictures-r-2750Another shot of the Pump House.

The map below from 1924 shows the termination of Queen Street West at Ellis Avenue.

Screen shot 2014-12-14 at 2.30.21 PMAnd on the est side of High Park, Queen stops at Parkside Drive.

Screen shot 2014-12-14 at 2.34.08 PMIt’s interesting to note that new sections of the map (new construction) have been pasted over a previous version.

The code on these is:

Red = Brick

Yellow= Wood

Blue = Stone


5 responses

  1. Is the second from the bottom photo a streetcar barn of some sort? Where was it located?

    December 11, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    • It was the Swansea Water Pumping Station.

      December 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      • Thanks. Now that I look at the annotations again, it was made note of in the original post. The ‘bridge’ shown below threw me off a bit – thanks for answering my dumb question.

        December 12, 2014 at 6:11 am

  2. Bruce Chown

    It would be interesting to know more about “Ellis” who owned much property on both sides of Ellis Avenue (according to your map) including the site of the house that we rented there for a few years in the 1960s. I guess the Electric Railway “projected” to run up Ellis Avenue in 1894 never got built, but no doubt it was an exciting dream then for folks moving out to the wilds of Swansea.

    December 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

  3. There’s more in the Archives about John Ellis and I will post some photos of his property and (hopefully) story.

    December 11, 2014 at 8:43 pm

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