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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.

Walker House

Southwest corner of Front at York Streets  May 1971 vs 2017

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

The Walker House opened in 1873. It was one of the first hotels to install an elevator and electric call buttons.

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Southwest corner of Front at York Streets  May 1971 vs 2017

The Walker House opened in 1873. It was one of the first hotels to install an elevator and electric call buttons. Proximity to the train station, King St and parliamentary buildings at Front and Simcoe, it's location was ideal.

The 1970’s saw a boom in development, the Walker House became a casualty. Many other structures near the Financial District faced the same fate. By 1976 it was sold and demolished.

City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 0124, File 0003, Item 0056

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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