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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.

Palmer Hotel

Northwest corner of King St W & York St  1910 vs 2018

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

Originally known as the Mansion House Hotel. It was later renamed Palmer House Hotel after being remodeled around 1887.

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Northwest corner of King St W & York St  1910 vs 2018

Originally known as the Mansion House Hotel. It was later renamed Palmer House Hotel after being remodeled around 1887.

In 1873 the Grand Trunk Railroad opened its station south of Front and University. As such, the area north of Front Street and along King St West was highly concentrated with hotels. It was ideal for businessmen coming into the city for short stays.

By the 1970's the land along King St W in the Financial District became highly coveted. As a result, most of the hotels, along with a few other significant buildings disappeared.

City of Toronto Archives, File 1244, Item 7218

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

Customization available. Please inquire via email.

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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