Then Versus Now : King Street West and Spadina Avenue

How I love finding historic photographs of my everyday places. Here’s an old one of the intersection of King Street West and Spadina Avenue, taken in 1910. The people in the old streetcar would have been interested and quite confused, riding by and seeing the man with the cell phone in my current photo below!

The colourful building on the corner was built in 1873, as The Hotel Falconer. Today it is a youth hostel and appears from close-up to need quite extensive repairs, but that is understandable considering it is 139 years old! Apparently The Rolling Stones performed on a stage within the hotel sometime in the 60s or 70s.

The building to its left looks pretty much how it did back in the early 1900s due to a renovation that revealed it’s former glory.

To give the old photo more perspective, the Titanic sank two years after it was taken, at a time when cars were somewhat rare and looked like this. You can actually see a bit of one parked to the left in the picture!

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xo loulou