On Bloor, Seiberling Burns

The Seiberling Rubber plant was already being demolished when it burst into flames in 1983. Image: David Cooper / Toronto Public Library, Toronto Star Photo Archive, Item TSPA_0000708f.

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.

This 1932 shot was taken from about the same angle. Image: City of Toronto Archives / Alfred J. Pearson, Fonds 16, Series 71, Item 9181.

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1. ”Flames soar at factory blaze,” Toronto Star, May 19, 1983, A6.

The CNR’s Over/Under on Bloor Street

I’m always captivated by a fine-grain urban fabric, like the integration of buildings with infrastructure. Image: December 29, 2016.

As I wrote about a few times this past Fall, one of the homiest neighbourhoods in 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.

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