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King and Dufferin/Metallic Roofing Company

King and DufferinKing Street West looking east across Dufferin circa 1910
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A similar view today.
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King and DufferinThe Metallic Roofing Company of Canada began it’s operation in 1884 and was the first such company in Canada. It was located at 1190-1192 King Street West. Tin ceiling tiles held enormous appeal as they were affordable, fireproof and could be decorated with custom designs. Sadly, the building fell into disrepair, but unlike many Toronto gems, it was dismantled and is presently in storage with the Ontario Heritage Trust. The façade is on display at the Ontario Heritage Trust building on Adelaide if you want to get a rare peak at a pressed metal building façade.
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1272033_542409172495738_708089708_oThe display building sat on the corner of Lamport Stadium for a couple of years.
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1904roofingsbThe crates below are courtesy of Jamie C. of  Saskatchewan
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 Happy to see this bit of history of the Metallic Roofing Co in Toronto. I was cleaning out an old blacksmith shop in Southern Saskatchewan last week ( Sep 2015) and found an old muddy wooden box. I cleaned it up and it has stamped printing on the side which says “From the Metallic Roofing Co Ltd Manufacturers Toronto & Winnipeg”. It will be going into a small private museum the land owner and I are setting up.
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Queen Street Subway/Then and Now

Queen Street Subway/Then and NowQueen Street Subway/Then and NowThe cornerstone.
Queen Street Subway/Then and NowFrom the overpass looking at the s/w corner of Queen and Dufferin 1898.

Queen Street Subway/Then and NowThe building of the Queen Street Subway (underpass) was a major undertaking for the town of Parkdale in January of 1884. The level crossing at Dufferin Street was proving to be a major hurdle for access and trade. Queen and Dufferin were re-graded several feet below street level and the existing buildings shored up. Over time as these structures were demolished the recovered land was also altered. The construction costs at the time totalled over $20,000.

Queen Street Subway/Then and NowQueen Street Subway/Then and NowLooking east.
Queen Street Subway/Then and NowQueen Street Subway/Then and NowLooking south/east.
Queen Street Subway/Then and NowLooking at the north side of Queen and east towards the subway.
The Gladstone Hotel can be seen in the distance.
Queen Street Subway/Then and NowThe same view in 2010
Queen Street Subway/Then and NowThe S/W corner of Queen and Dufferin 1897.Queen Street Subway/Then and NowToday.
Queen Street Subway/Then and NowStill under construction.
Queen Street Subway/Then and NowLooking west from the foot of Gladstone Ave towards the recently completed subway in 1896Queen Street Subway/Then and NowThe same view today
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Queen Street Subway/Then and NowFrom Queen looking south down Dufferin during construction.
Queen Street Subway/Then and NowQueen Street Subway/Then and NowDufferin looking north.
2010.