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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.

Adelaide Court House

Adelaide St Court House  1885 vs 2019

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Adelaide St Court House  1885 vs 2019

The Adelaide Street Court House, also known as York County Court House, was built between 1851-1852. It served as Toronto’s third court house from 1852 until 1900 when the courts moved to Old City Hall. In 1909 The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto occupied the space for meetings. This is where the Group of Seven was formed.

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library

Vintage images from the Toronto Archives are merged with modern day images. White halos denote open sky where new structures overtake the skyline. Torn edges represent the split revealing a part of the past in our present.

The start of a series that will explore the vibrant neighborhoods around the city.

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