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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.

Old City Hall pre-Cenotaph

Queen St West at Bay St, Old City Hall (pre-cenotaph)  (1910-1924) vs 2018

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

Old City hall with Cenotaph.

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Queen St West at Bay St, Old City Hall (pre-cenotaph)  (1910-1924) vs 2018

Originally dedicated to those who fell in World War I, the cenotaph located in front of Old City Hall was added in 1925. The winning architects, W.M. Ferguson and T.C. Pomphrey, were awarded $2,500 for the design, as the result of a competition.

Made from granite cut from the Canadian Shield, the cornerstone was laid July 24th 1925 by Field Marshall Earl Haig. It was unveiled on November 11th 1925.

Toronto Archives, Fonds 1173, Sheldon photographic collection, Item 0022

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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