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Lansdowne Ave.

Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now

Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and NowLooking east from Dundas across Lansdowne in 1917. The building on the S/E corner is a bank.
For years afterwards it was the Dunlan restaurant and had a wonderful 1940’s stainless counter and several small booths. Scenes from David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch were shot there in 1991.
Below some screen grabs from Naked Lunch. At first it was used  a New York Diner and then later re-dressed as a Moroccan Coffee house.
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Now it’s Yummy Pizza!
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A couple of shots inside the long gone Dunlan Diner courtesy of mistagregory.
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Good times!
Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now“Freshen’ your drink hon?”
Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and NowA couple of recent photos while under renovation.
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It appears that it was a music academy before a restaurant.
These last two photos are by printwithfire.
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Here’s another shot looking south on Lansdowne with the Dunlan in the B/G. The grey building on the left was a Hotel.
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College and Lansdowne/Then and Now

College and Lansdowne/Then and NowLooking west on College towards Lansdowne in 1939. The houses in the centre of the photo were demolished shortly afterwards to allow College to continue and join up with Dundas Street.
This is the location of a famous police shoot out with the Boyd Gang in 1952.”On the morning of Thursday March 6, 1952, Suchan and Jackson would leave the Wright Avenue hideout to case a local bank for a future robbery. After laying low for almost four months the gang members were short of cash. As Suchan drove the 1951 Mercury Monarch, with the license plate 418-A-2, north on Roncesvalles Detectives Edmund Tong and Roy Perry of the Toronto police fell in behind. The detectives had been watching the Mercury for days on a tip that is believed to have come from one of the gangs girlfriends. Suchan turned at College and as he approached the intersection at Lansdowne, the detectives instructed him to pull the Mercury over. As Tong approached the car shots rang out and a bullet ripped through his chest severing his spinal cord. Perry was wounded in the arm.
Suchan and Jackson sped off east along College for four blocks turning onto Sheridan Avenue where they ditched the Mercury and took a cab back to the Sorauren Avenue hideout.”
-Michael Wilkins www.Examiner.com
P1140672The Sorauren Ave rooming house the Boyd Gang used.
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College and Lansdowne/Then and NowIn 2010 the Supertest gas station is gone and a Tim Horton’s stands in it’s place.
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College and Lansdowne/Then and NowA Supertest Station.

Lansdowne and Rideau/Then and Now

Lansdowne and Rideau/Then and NowLooking north across Rideau Street towards the Lansdowne subway 1915
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Looking north across Rideau Street towards the Lansdowne subway circa 1930.
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A similar view in September 1950.
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60 years later in 2010.

College and Lansdowne /Then and Now

College and Lansdowne PT.2/Then and NowLooking north on Lansdowne towards the College Street intersection in 1939 before college was extended to connect with Dundas.
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2010.

TTC/Lost and Found 1933

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A couple of photos of the lost and Found Depatment of the TTC at the Lansdowne garage in November of 1933. The administrator seems a bit miserable.

Lansdowne and Seaforth/Then and Now

Lansdowne and Seaforth/Then and NowLooking south down Lansdowne from Seaforth Avenue circa 1950.
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60 years later and not too much has changed.
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Lansdowne and Rideau/Then and Now

Lansdowne and Rideau/Then and NowLooking east on Rideau Street towards Lansdowne in the late 1800’s. Note the row houses on the left as they’re the subject of this post. At this point in time this intersection is still quite rural and lies just south of the level crossing.
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A similar view in 2010.
The red line represents the original road level.
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Rideau appears on this 1890 map as Union Street.
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Looking head on at the houses before the level crossing.
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1915 and the subway is finished and the little cottage on the N/W corner has been remodelled.
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40 years later (1934) the same houses have been underpinned and transformed.
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Of course I could be wrong but the doors and windows seen to line up quite well on both photos.
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September 1950.
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By 2010 the original cottages have been torn down and replaced by these faux Victorians.





College and Lansdowne/Then and Now

College and Lansdowne PT.3/Then and NowThis time looking east along College from the Lansdowne intersection in 1915.
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Today.

Lansdowne Avenue/Then and Now

Lansdowne Avenue/Then and NowAn early shot of Lansdowne looking north towards Dundas West circa 1912.
The Elias Rogers Company, suppliers of wood and coal.
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A similar view today.
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Looking south down Lansdowne from Dundas.
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Rogers had another location downtown at The Esplanade and Berkeley.
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Rogers’ trucks fill up with heating fuel circa 1950.
Photo courtesy of the Martin Phippard Collection.

Lansdowne and Shirley/Then and Now

Lansdowne and Shirley/Then and NowNot that interesting… looking N/W on Shirley Street towards Lansdowne March 1941.
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2010.

Lansdowne Subway/Then and Now

As with the Queen Street Subway (underpass) the Lansdowne Subway was another major construction project for the city to improve traffic flow.
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Lansdowne Subway/Then and Now
An early view of the completed subway circa 1915.Since then the approach has been re-aligned and the retaining walls replaced.
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Inside the recently completed subway January 1915.
Wet walls were a concern.
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Almost 100 years later and the walls are still wet.

Lansdowne and Seaforth/Then and Now

Lansdowne and Seaforth PT.2/Then and NowLooking north up Lansdowne from Seaforth Sept. 1950.
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June 2010.

Queen and Lansdowne/Then and Now

Queen and Lansdowne/Then and NowLooking north on Lansdowne from the Queen intersection in the late 1930’s.
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Skip ahead to 1950 and the road is much wider.
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2010

Dundas and Landsdowne/Then and Now

Dundas and Landsdowne/Then and Now Looking east along Dundas Street West from Lansdowne Avenue in 1923.
The old Firehall on the right is long gone and replaced by a small parkette. On the left
St. Helen’s Church is waiting for the steeple to be completed.
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2010.


Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now

Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and NowLooking west on Dundas Street West across Lansdowne Avenue 1923.
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The same view today.