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The CPR's answer to the Toronto Union station still is a remarkable looking building. Sure, the inside has none of the grandeur that it once had, but outside, it is an imposing landmark. Built in 1915, closed back in 1930. Housed a liquor store for many years and I suppose it still does.
Clock tower is 140 feet high. Area for ticket offices and waiting room, newsstand, etc featured a 35 ft ceiling. Fortunately this structure is preserved under the Ontario Heritage Act as of 1975.
In order to get a full view of the station I had to resort to a 28MM wide angle lens, resulting in the distortion you see here. The station is located on Yonge St., just south of St. Clair. I elected against wandering down Yonge to try and fit this all into a standard lens. :o)  Film era, ya know.
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Caption: The CPR's answer to the Toronto Union station still is a remarkable looking building. Sure, the inside has none of the grandeur that it once had, but outside, it is an imposing landmark. Built in 1915, closed back in 1930. Housed a liquor store for many years and I suppose it still does. Clock tower is 140 feet high. Area for ticket offices and waiting room, newsstand, etc featured a 35 ft ceiling. Fortunately this structure is preserved under the Ontario Heritage Act as of 1975. In order to get a full view of the station I had to resort to a 28MM wide angle lens, resulting in the distortion you see here. The station is located on Yonge St., just south of St. Clair. I elected against wandering down Yonge to try and fit this all into a standard lens. :o) Film era, ya know.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1288] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/02/1983 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: nil (search)
Train Symbol: n/a (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CP North Toronto Sub. (search)
City/Town: (North)Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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14 Comments
  1. Really, Joe? Nice to hear.

  2. My favourite tower in Toronto – especially looking as good as it does these days.

  3. Barely over. Thankfully they changed systems around this time.

  4. And under age? :o )

  5. Nice shot of the station during it’s darker days. It’s been beautifully restored. I only used the paper slip system once and ended up with the wrong product. I was too embarrassed to say anything!

  6. Seventy horsepower??? I assume you needed a push going up a hill? hahaha……..

  7. My first set of wheels (1980 Model Year). A whopping 70 HP at my disposal! Incredibly, kept the hybrid (not the electric half kind) going for almost nine years!

  8. Interesting observation & knowledge, Stuart.I did not know what it was, but I can say since Fiat got ahold of Chrysler I wouldn’t buy anything of theirs. Not that I would have beforehand.:o)

  9. Nice parking job by the driver of the blue Horizon TC3(Plymouth’s answer to the VW Rabbit)! The TC3 was a pitiful means of transportation. Chrysler installed the VW supplied engine (without fuel injection)/transaxle in an otherwise sleek body and advertised that it was ‘aerodynamically’ superior to a Corvette!

  10. Geez, MrDan. I was just reminded I took this pic on a Sunday. LCBO was shut!!

  11. Hahaha….can’t remember. But probably not. I would be afraid of getting mugged if I carried anything in a brown paper bag.
    Now you have got me wondering when they discontinued that silly way of selling liquor.
    I remember marking my choice by item number and then A, B to denote what size of bottle I wanted. The manner in which people steal booze these days you could see something like that coming back………until they came up with a ‘security device’ on some of the bottles today.

  12. Did someone make a purchase inside after said photo? :) Did they have the Soviet style LCBO setup where you handed a clerk at the desk a paper slip with your order, they went into the back room, and came out with your purchase in a paper bag?

  13. Nice touch with the boxcars in the background.

  14. It looks way better now. They completely refurbished the station inside and out. They kept much of the interior as original as possible.

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