What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

Poor Old Edison Hotel

The fire that destroyed the Edison Hotel on Yonge street is an event that prompted me to start this blog. Here is yet another photo from sometime in the 1970’s.

10000992_743024405767546_2341938038933610140_oThe land that it occupied is still an empty lot….

Empress HotelOriginally called the Empress Hotel, It opened in 1888.

Destroyed by a mysterious fire, Jan 3 2011.

edison+stitchThe facade of the Edison and it’s neighbour to the south, 1950 prior to the subway being built.



4 responses

  1. Wonderful old hotel. Mysterious fire, indeed. This reminds me of living in Hoboken, NJ in the fall of ’81. Seems almost every time I nightly emerged from the PATH subway from Manhattan, there was a mysterious fire raging in dowtown Hoboken, taking down yet another grand old building. Arson and insurance scams galore.

    October 9, 2014 at 7:08 am

  2. Your photo of Edison and its neighbouring Olympia Bowling on Yonge Street brought back some great memories. During a period of post-war unemployment my father took a job as the manager of the Olympia Bowl. On of my favourite activities as a little boy was to sit by the second floor windows and watch the Yonge Street subway construction going on down below. In that same general time period the owners of Olympia Bowl decided to move across the street and around the corner to a brand new facility at 20 Edward Street. Some time in the late 70ties or early 80ties the Olympia Bowl closed, and Jack and Carl Cole opened the World’s Largest Bookstore in that same location. Thanks for the memories.

    October 28, 2014 at 8:46 am

  3. Thanks for the story.

    October 29, 2014 at 5:32 am

  4. Enjoyed seeing these photos. It’s been over 15 years since I moved to Europe and a bit longer since moving to Toronto from Northern Ontario and really loving its old architecture. Well, not as old as here…! But one common thing is the disappearance of old buildings.

    August 24, 2016 at 5:10 pm

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