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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.

Falconer Hotel

Looking west on King St W at Spadina Ave, 1900 vs 2018

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25. 24 of 25 available.

Samuel Richardson first erected a two-storey frame home on the site in 1873. Later adding a third storey in 1875

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Looking west on King St W at Spadina Ave, 1900 vs 2018

Samuel Richardson first erected a two-storey frame home on the site in 1873. Later adding a third storey in 1875, once complete it was named Richardson House and converted to a hotel. The addition of a four-storey brick extension was completed in 1885. Samuel Richardson died in 1904.

In the ensuing years ownership and name changed several times. In 1906 renamed Hotel Falconer acquired by Robert Falconer. Charles Ziegler purchased it in 1914 then renaming it Zeigler’s Hotel. By 1917 the hotel was foreclosed on and ownership transferred to the Imperial Bank of Canada. The next name change was to the Spadina Hotel which remained for the next eighty years. Renamed the Global Village Backpackers, it operated from 1997 until January 2014. In July 2014 the site was purchased and an extensive renovation undertaken. Reopening the site in 2015 as an innovation hub and revealing it’s original beauty.

Toronto Archives, Fonds 1568, Alexander W. Galbraith Fonds, Item 282

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25. 24 of 25 available.

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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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