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Present Past is a dynamic approach to a rephotographic survey.

The City of Toronto has gone through many changes over the years. Certain buildings have stood the test of time and are dwarfed by the towers that surround them. Others have disappeared altogether. This series includes both to show the ever-changing face of the City of Toronto.

Vintage images from the Toronto Archives are merged with modern day images.

City Hall 1844-1899

Southeast corner of Front St & Jarvis St   1899 vs 2018

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

Toronto’s first City Hall was located on the present day site of St Lawrence Market. When looking at the present day façade one can see evidence of the original structure.

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Southeast corner of Front St & Jarvis St   1899 vs 2018

Toronto’s first City Hall was located on the present day site of St Lawrence Market. When looking at the present day façade one can see evidence of the original structure.

The design was to include municipal offices, Police Station number 1 and a market. Built in 1844, the structure saw the city grow rapidly. Renovations in 1851, 1868 and 1872 attempted to extend its use. By 1899 a newer City Hall was built at Queen St W & Bay Sts.

By 1901 the location was primarily a market. In 1971 the threat of demolition saw the rise of concerned citizens propose a renovation. In 1977 funds were granted and a year later the doors opened again.

 City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231; James Salmon collection, Item 98

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

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City Hall 1844-1899

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