Queen and Sherbourne – It’s a grubby corner.
below: Built in 1897 on the southwest corner and a major part of the intersection since then, is the Kormann House Hotel named for its hotel keeper in 1898, Franz J. Kormann. The Torontoist described the building in 2008 as “Though vacant for the past few years, this old watering hole will open its doors once again as part of an upcoming condo development.” That was 8 1/2 years ago. It is still vacant. The projected renovations and mid-rise condo development never got off the ground.
below: Diagonally opposite is now the Moss Park Discount Store.
below: The same corner as above but from a slightly different angle as it looked about a hundred years ago. Note the cobbled streets, streetcar tracks on both Queen and Sherbourne, and the lack of traffic lights. Photo found on Lost Toronto blog
Adding a bit of colour to the intersection is the new mural on Sherbourne Street, on the side of building that houses the Moss Park Discount Store. It features a young man in a baseball cap adorned with the Brazilian flag. Three parrots are also in the mural.
Close ups of parts of the mural:
Just north of Queen, there is a small dead end alley that runs east off Sherbourne. At the end of the alley is a mural by Vorteks…. she’s come to save someone (the world?) from an orange creature.
This birdo is still looking good. It’s just east of Sherbourne.
below: On the north side of Queen Street East, looking towards Sherbourne Street from Kim’s Convenience (with the birdo mural on the wall). I was going to write something about it ha ha having the same name as the CBC TV series “Kim’s Convenience”. Luckily I looked it up before writing because lo and behold it is the same store! The store was up until recently called Mimi Variety. The new name and new signs are leftovers from filming the TV shows. Most of the buildings in this block are heritage listed sites, especially those towards Sherbourne Street.
A few more little details to end the post with:
below: A triptych with the center panel missing or a diptych with a mystery middle.
below: On a pole, a grominator lovebot hybrid with its long red tongue. The other little guy’s tongue just can’t compare.
below: A dying breed, three Saabs in a row. It’s not just old buildings that catch my eye.
Perhaps the one on the right has been cannibalized?
below: And last, hearts seen on a Queen St. East building.