Archival photo of Fort York prior to condo development

The following photo is from a Sept. 18, 2013 article: “Rooftopping in Toronto, vintage edition”:


I enjoy this photo because it shows the curve in the Gardiner Expressway occasioned by the presence of Fort York. During its construction, traffic engineers were adamant that a curve in the expressway to accommodate Fort York would severely affect the flow of traffic. The plan to move Fort York to the south met with strong resistance, however, and was consequently abandoned.


Below is a more recent photo of Fort York from the December 2013 Friends of Fort York newsletter.

As well, below is an 1845 image of Fort York from the Toronto Public Library. The view, which shows the fort looking west, is a pen and ink drawing by Owen Staples (1866-1949) based on a lithograph.

The photo of the fort looking east, below the 1845 drawing, shows The Encampment at Fort York, a June 2012, event staged as part of bicentennial commemorations for the War of 1812. The photo is by Tom Ryaboi from a article entitled: “Art and history collide at Fort York for the Encampment.”


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  1. Daryl Pantel
    Daryl Pantel says:

    This photo also contains excellent shots of landmarks, etc that are no longer: Exhibition Stadium, Molson Brewery, the factories in the area now known/developed as Liberty Viilage, to name a few. Very interesting. Thanks for posting this!


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