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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.

Maple Leaf Gardens

Maple Leaf Gardens at Carlton & Church Streets   1934 vs 2018

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

Maple Leafs Gardens was the vision of Conn Smythe. 

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Maple Leaf Gardens at Carlton & Church Streets   1934 vs 2018

Maple Leafs Gardens was the vision of Conn Smythe.

Construction of Maple Leaf Gardens began in June 1931 despite the Great Depression. With a workforce of 700 men, the building was completed within 5 months and 12 days.

The architectural firm of Ross & Macdonald, with associates Jack Ryrie and Mackenzie Waters, designed the arena which was constructed by Thomson Brothers of Toronto.

Opening night was November 12, 1931, the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. They would go on to knock Chicago out in the first round of the play-offs that year. The Montreal Maroons were next, then the Leafs went on to beat the New York Rangers to take the Stanley Cup 1931-32.

Toronto Archives, Series 2228, File 0017, Item 0001

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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