After having written about the CNR Bloor Street subway last week, I came across this photograph in the Toronto Public Library’s Digital Archive and wanted to share. In May of 1983, the former Seiberling Rubber Co. factory (later owned by Firestone) caught fire in the process of demolition.1”Flames soar at factory blaze,” Toronto Star, May 19, 1983, A6.
If you’ve had a chat with me in the last year or so, there is a good chance that I found occasion to slip something about apartments, Centretown, or both into the conversation. It should come as no surprise that during the Depression, construction of all sorts ground to a virtual halt. If you were take a look around the neighbourhood during those years, it would appear that someone forgot to let a small group of developers know that the party was over.
As I wrote about a few times this past Fall, one of the homiest neighbourhoodsin Toronto for me is the Junction Triangle. I won’t go over the ultimately poetic reasons again, but there are also more mundane things that really pull me in. One of those is one of my favourite examples of buildings being integrated with infrastructure is the warehouse on Bloor built into the first of the two subways (underpasses) in the area. I should note that in the time I’ve been researching this, the good folks on the Urban Toronto discussion boards have also been sleuthing the same underpass.