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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.

The Occidental Building

Southeast corner of Bathurst & Queen Sts.   1928 vs 2018

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

Originally built in 1876, The Occidental Building served the Masons.

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Southeast corner of Bathurst & Queen Sts.   1928 vs 2018

Originally built in 1876, The Occidental Building served the Masons. At the time, a grand hall, known as the Blue Room, was located on the third floor. This was also rented out for various functions to generate funds for the upkeep of the hall.

In 1948 the building became the Holiday Tavern. The third floor as well as the Mansard roof were demolished. By the 1980’s the building saw another change, the Big Bop Night Club. The exterior covered mostly in blue, purple and pink paint. The latest owners restored the building at a cost of $3million.

City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 1162

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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