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Old Posted Dec 3, 2018, 3:11 PM
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/\ Great pics of Quebec !

I love this pic of Saint John and would love to see the same view today.


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These two would have made great exploration buildings if still around.

Toronto Central Prison housed 336 beds for male prisoners between 1873 and 1915. The facilities were not known for their best practices. They were known for extreme brutality, denying medical treatment, and the creepiest of all: nighttime burials on the prison grounds.

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The Mercer Reformatory Mental Asylum for Women

The reformatory opened in 1872 and for most of its tenure, patients were “reformed” into proper Victorian women – obedience and subservience were the ideals instilled between these walls. As the twentieth century neared it’s midpoint, rumours began to surface about mistreatment and even medical experimentation at Mercer. Eugenics was still all the rage back then and some doctors used the female patients in their research into what makes a “bad” woman. The government began investigating the institution in the 1960s and found they couldn’t turn a blind-eye to the mistreatment and dungeon-like conditions. The hospital was shut down and now Allan Lamport Stadium sits on the former site. The only remaining structure is the superintendent’s house, at King Street West and Fraser Avenue. And of course “Liberty Street”, for which Liberty Village was named, was the first street the men and women walked down once they were freed

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Windowless cubicle in the basement of Mercer is a detention cell.


Dentention cells in the basement of Mercer Reformatory are toured by government officials and members of the press. These are five-by-seven windowless cubicles with painted brick walls furnished only with iron beds and chamber pots. In foreground is lounge with television set.


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Aerial view of downtown Toronto, with waterfront, 1975. Photo by Boris Spremo. - Courtesy of Toronto Public Library & the Toronto Star Archives.
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Great shot.

My first time going to Toronto was in 1983. Our parents found a motel on lake shore for cheap.

That motel obviously is gone and the guy made a fortune no doubt.

How times have changed.
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A few from "Introducing Canada's Newest Province", published 1949:









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Old Posted Dec 5, 2018, 3:26 AM
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I love this pic of Saint John and would love to see the same view today.
Unfortunately everything in the middle was torn down. The 4 identical Market Square buildings on the left are still there and the stuff to the right of King Street is still there (stone facade), but the 5-6 storey brick buildings in the middle were torn down.
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A few from "Introducing Canada's Newest Province", published 1949:










Very cool...thanks.
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I love this pic of Saint John and would love to see the same view today.
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Old Posted Dec 19, 2018, 12:58 AM
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Here's a view of downtown Halifax circa 1960 from "Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History No. 9".



There was very little development in the downtown area from around 1935-1965 even though the metropolitan area was booming. If anything, there might have even been a net loss of development during this time. A lot of empty lots were created in the 50's and 60's. The photo above was taken after a bunch of demolition, but before the building boom of the 60's and 70's; so this is the context in which the 60's megaprojects were contemplated.

Here's another aerial from the NS archives (showing the area in the lower half of the first picture) from circa 1935 with fewer holes:

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A couple of old ones...

Yours truly on the harbourfront, very early 1980s... I can't tell the age of children, but I suspect this may be when I was around a year old (is that possible based on how I look?) because it looks to me like the old and new Newfoundland Hotel are both up in the background, and they were only both there at the same time for a short while in 1982-83.



And cropped us out of it, but my first Royal St. John's Regatta, 1982:



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Haha, love the last one.
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that picture of Trinity is pretty cool.

Its almost identical today (at least from the angle of the picture)
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Didn't we used to have a thread about heritage destruction & lost buildings? I couldn't find it.

Anyway, I was just looking at some photos and discovered this lost modernist gem at Yonge & King - The National Trust Building, built in 1963. It was reclad into a PoMo monstrosity in 1995.


https://www.blogto.com/city/2016/12/...streets-1990s/


Here's the same view now - I'd always just assumed it was a new build from the 90s: https://goo.gl/maps/vtR5vemxUPP2



Also recently learned of the art deco Muir Park Hotel that used to stand near Yonge & Lawrence: (not a huge loss, to be fair - it's a bit clunky)


https://chuckmantorontonostalgia.wordpress.com/


Demolished in 1982 and replaced with this: https://goo.gl/maps/X3hyQrqsKZG2
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A few screengrabs from a 1967 profile of St. John's by CBC.

The bulldozed Central Slum:





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The older parts...









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North End Halifax. I think it's from around 1920. I just dug this out of my own personal archives (then applied an unsharp mask filter and tweaked it a bit). It's originally an archival photo, but I don't remember which archive it came from.

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Dalhousie Studley campus and King's circa 1960:


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