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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.

Customs House

Southwest corner of Front St & Yonge St  1908 vs 2018

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

Built in 1873, the Customs House survived the fire of 1904.

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Southwest corner of Front St & Yonge St  1908 vs 2018

Built in 1873, the Customs House survived the fire of 1904. Many of the surrounding buildings burned down and created empty lots to the west. In 1911 the Toronto Civic Improvement Committee brought forward a plan to build a larger Customs House. It would be the third of it’s kind occupying the same corner.

At a cost of $2 million, the new Customs House was approved. Many delays ensued, it’s demolition didn’t occur until 1919. It sat as an empty lot until 1929 when proposals were requested. As a result the Dominion Public Building now stands as a compliment to Union Station.

City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 1173d

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

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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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