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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.

Registry Office

Registry Building & City Hall   1964 vs 2018

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

At the turn of the 20th Century the area where Nathan Phillips Square stands was occupied by deteriorating houses. A plan for redevelopment gave way to a design proposing the creation of a grand avenue. 

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Registry Building & City Hall   1964 vs 2018

At the turn of the 20th Century the area where Nathan Phillips Square stands was occupied by deteriorating houses. A plan for redevelopment gave way to a design proposing the creation of a grand avenue. Union Station would be the southern point leading north to Osgoode Hall. A civic square including garden and civic buildings would complete the design.

The first building to be built was the Registry Office, designed by Charles S Cobb. Construction began in 1914, completed in 1917. Upon completion funds for other buildings ran dry and development ceased.

In 1946 the city saw prosperity and plans of the civic square were revisited. The first structure would be a new City Hall. Unfortunately no requirements were set to include the Registry Office in the new design. By 1964 the days had come to an end and the Registry Office was demolished.

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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