Standing on the corner of Yonge & Bloor, looking south…. On one corner, a tower almost finished and on the other corner a tower another just started. 1 Bloor East and 1 Bloor West.
below: 1 Bloor East (7 photos)
below: The beginnings of an overhang at street level, NW corner of the building.
below: The podium level as seen from the SW corner of the building.
below: The full height of the building is more easily seen from farther east on Bloor Street.
below: As seen from across the street, under the protective covering over the sidewalk.
below: Once upon a time the old Stollerys store stood on the southwest corner. Today it is a construction site wrapped in hoardings covered by a mural of a forest scene. I’m not sure what they’re trying to say or who they’re trying to fool. Oh well, it looks pretty for now.
below: If you look behind the hoardings, you will see that all the buildings except one have been demolished. No hole has been dug yet so it’s going to be a while before this tower is completed. And when it’s completed it will be Toronto’s tallest condo building at 72 storeys.
Two blocks north, at Yonge & Yorkville, there is another hole in the ground.
below: The doors and windows of the old brick buildings on Yonge Street are boarded up. These buildings date from the 1860’s.
below: Peek around at the back and you’ll see that the old stores have been demolished but their facades have been saved. Again, this project is in it’s early stages and again, it’s going to be a tall one. This time, 58 storeys tall.
below: The stores have been stripped of their signs and decorations. It looks a bit desolate at the moment but it will be interesting to see just what the developers do with the facade.
below: No one can argue that the old buildings were in good shape. At least there is an effort being made to preserve the front of the buildings. Preserving some of our history is important and I think that the old architecture adds visually to the look of the street.
As I walk back down Yonge street towards Bloor, a sign catches my eye. Another development proposal sign – Toronto’s most common sign I think. This one is for a 64 storey building at Yonge and Cumberland. Anyone feeling a touch of vertigo at the moment?