Dupont Street Toronto

This is what Dupont Street used to look like before it was cool

Dupont is one of those streets that's been more important to Toronto's development than it's generally given credit for. Referred to as both Van Horne and Royce before the street was straightened and unified, its proximity to the CPR tracks made it an important industrial manufacturing corridor.

Whether it be the Ford Model T factory and showroom at Christie, the Evening Telegram building across the street, the Hamilton Gear plant at Dovercourt, or the abandoned Mono Lino Typesetting building near Howland, Dupont was a place were stuff was made.

Evidence of Dupont's industrial past is still easy to spot if you take the time to walk across the roughly six kilometres it stretches from Avenue Road in the east to Dundas/Annette in the west.

But Dupont is definitely changing. Now home to art galleries, streetwear shops and plenty of restaurants, it'll also soon welcome mega-developments, a huge new park and numerous condos.

Here's a visual history of Dupont Street from the early 1900s to 1974.

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Dovercourt just north of Dupont, 1904

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Interior of the Ford Model T showroom at Christie and Dupont, 1910s

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Dupont and Olser looking east, 1914

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Dupont and Spadina, 1922

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Dupont looking east of Bathurst, 1925

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Dupont looking east toward Christie, 1926 (the photograph is mislabeled).

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Royce (Dupont) and Dundas, 1923 (pre-underpass)

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Royce (Dupont) and Dundas, 1929 (brand new underpass)

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Davenport and Dupont, 1930

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The Evening Telegram, 1940s (the site is now home to Loblaws)

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Evening Telegram, 1940s (ominously with a Weston truck parked out front)

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Sign of the Steer Restaurant at Dupont and Davenport, 1955

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Hamilton Gear at Dupont and Dovercourt, 1957

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Dupont and Davenport, 1957

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Dupont and Perth, 1958

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Dupont near Manning, 1960s (that's a skating rink in there, and it's now a private racquet club)

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Dupont and Spadina, 1974

Photos by

Toronto Archives. With files from Derek Flack.


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