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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.

Royal York Horse Parade

Horse parade by the Royal York on Front St W  1929 vs 2018

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

The first buildings built on the property date back to the early 19th century.

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Horse parade by the Royal York on Front St W  1929 vs 2018

The first buildings built on the property date back to the early 19th century. The scenery changed as landfill pushed the shoreline south.

In 1838, the lands were occupied by the Ontario Terrace. Constructed by Captain Dick, it consisted of four brick townhouses.  Later in 1844 the buildings housed classrooms and administrative offices under Knox College. Then from 1856 to 1859 the buildings were modified to create a single building and named Sword’s Hotel. The property was then repurchased by Captain Dick and renamed the Queen’s Hotel.

Canadian Pacific Hotels purchased the property in 1927. The Queen’s Hotel was demolished and replaced by The Royal York. Once completed in 1929 the hotel stood as the tallest building in Toronto for less than a year. An addition of the east wing was completed in 1958 that included over 500 additional rooms

In 1959 CP Hotels and Fairmont Hotels joined, since then the hotel is known as The Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 17132

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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