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Carlaw Hydro Building

Carlaw Avenue. - February 3, 1919The hydro Building on Carlaw when it was new in 1919 (built in 1916). There appears to be a showroom of some sorts.

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 8.18.31 AM2012 with the addition to the south.

Screen Shot 2014-01-01 at 6.01.38 PMAn interior shot of  their Yonge Street store.

Screen Shot 2014-01-01 at 6.04.21 PMBelow, some of the interior equipment.

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Lawrence F. has sent some more images.

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10 responses

  1. Raymond Simmons

    as well as an addition sometime afterwards…

    October 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    • Raymond Simmons

      oops…just saw the caption under the new pic…2012…wow! nice matching job!

      October 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm

  2. Torontonian

    I can remember back in the ’50s hearing radio ads with the jingle

    Hippity-hop to your Hydro Shop. I think the THES headquarters
    on Carlton St. did show electrical appliances in their windows.

    So . . .maybe other Hydro buildings were also
    trying to extol the virtues of electrical appliances.

    November 1, 2013 at 2:44 am

  3. greg chown

    That’s what it looked like to me.

    November 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

  4. I’m impressed with how seamlessly they erased the showroom from the corner and added the extension. Obviously there was a continuity of architectural style and building trades that made that possible. I find the whole idea of a Hydro showroom fascinating.

    November 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm

  5. I’m only guessing it was a showroom. But it does look like a retail window display.

    November 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    • I couldn’t get that link to work. What search words did you use?

      January 20, 2014 at 2:46 am

  6. Lawrence Fagan

    Greg, I have several advertisements from 1917-1925 for the Toronto Hydro Shops which all list this store on Carlaw in the substation as being one of the branches. I would like to send them to you, but not certain how, as I do not see your address.

    January 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm

  7. A Toronto hydro shop – fun!

    January 25, 2016 at 10:16 am

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