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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Then & Now: Woodbine at Queen East

Woodbine, looking north from Queen East, c. 1972. Image: Toronto Public Library, Beaches, LOCHIST-BE-40.

It has not been often that I’ve posted “then and now” photos here on Margins. While browsing the photographs that have been digitized by the Toronto Public Library this evening, I was reminded of one of the more influential-to-me discussion threads on the Urban Toronto boards: Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now. Although it has slowed down considerably in recent times, the nearly 900 page discussion is a rich one.

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Update: Kinhurst Plaza (1961)

Kinhurst Plaza, May 2016. Image: Google Maps.
Kinhurst Plaza, May 2016. Image: Google Maps.

When I wrote this past summer about the closing of Harry’s Char-Broil and its location in Kinhurst Plaza, I was a little disappointed that I was not able to locate photographs of the shopping centre soon after completion, an architect, or some more specific information about the proposal itself. It is also true that when I wrote it, I did not have the opportunity to get into the City of Toronto Archives, which limited the resources available to me.

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