What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

Lost Yonge Street

Looking at the map below from 1924, everything has been demolished with the exception of Old City Hall, Trinity Church and School House and the building on the N/W corner of Yonge and Dundas. The building of the Eaton Center in the mid 1970’s also eliminated most of Albert Street, Louisa Street and Terauley Street.

eatonsholy_trinity_church_on_trinity_square_toronto_c_1870-5Trinity Church

pictures-r-3993The Jamieson Building.

Toronto Historian Mike Filey writes:

For sure, all the shops on the west side of Yonge from Dundas to Queen would go except for the old Woolworth store at the Yonge and Queen corner.

That wasn’t because of any historical significance. No, it was because the site was owned by McMaster University as a result of an ancient will drawn up by a member of the Bilton family who didn’t like Timothy Eaton very much.

“[Woolwoth’s] long presence at one of Toronto’s top retail corners was aided by a stipulation landowner Naomi Bilton included when she sold the property to McMaster University (established by her father) for a dollar in 1917. Bilton had an undisclosed beef against the Eaton family and placed a condition that the property could never be sold to the Eaton’s or their related businesses.”

For those that have the patience to read.

from the Toronto World July 1, 1915:

Screen shot 2015-01-11 at 11.20.22 AM Screen shot 2015-01-11 at 11.18.00 AMScreen shot 2015-01-11 at 11.19.53 AMScreen shot 2015-01-11 at 11.28.12 AMBelow are some photos during the demolition of Yonge Street.

Eaton's Yonge-Queen department store. - October 6, 1958-January 15, 1975 Eaton's Yonge-Queen department store. - October 6, 1958-January 15, 1975 Eaton's Yonge-Queen department store. - October 6, 1958-January 15, 1975Below are some photos taken by Raymond H. during the demolition in 1975.

The first one is the future site of the Eaton Centre and the remainder are ghost signs around town.

Thanks Raymond.

Yonge and Dundas Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 9.18.59 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 9.19.22 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 9.19.37 AM


2 responses

  1. Sandy Prowse

    I went to George brown college who had a campus on Terauley street in the mid 70’s.

    Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’ (Alfred Lord Tennyson)


    January 11, 2015 at 2:15 pm

  2. Raymond Hietapakka

    Eaton Centre. I took a photograph thru a viewing hole in that very fence right about below the lamplight. It was of an old painted “Premier Gasoline” sign that had been hidden for years, between two of the old buildings they demolished. I took many more shots of old advertising in the mid-70’s. The very first one I did, was thru that hole in that very fence.

    January 17, 2015 at 8:43 pm

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