Danforth Toronto

This is what the Danforth looked like in Toronto from 1908 to 1965

This is what the Danforth looked like in Toronto from 1908 to 1965

The Danforth is an important and culturally famous arterial road. When it was built in the 1850s, it was a mostly lazy stretch of street that wouldn't see major development until the 1920s, following the completion of the Bloor Viaduct in 1918.

At the time, there was no easy way to cross the Don Valley north of Gerrard Street. With the bridge came regular streetcar service and a wave of construction ensued.

Here is a brief visual history of the Danforth. 

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Not the Danforth, but what Bloor Street looked like before the ravine was filled in for the Viaduct, 1908

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Danforth approaching Broadview, 1910s

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Danforth, 1912

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Danforth and Broadview, 1912

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350 Danforth Ave, 1912

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Danforth looking east from Pape, 1913

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Danforth and Don Mills (what we'd refer to as the northwest corner of Danforth and Broadview today), 1913

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Danforth Car Barns, 1912

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Interior of Danforth Car Barns, 1915

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Danforth looking west from Woodbine, 1915

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Laying track on Danforth east of Broadview, 1918

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425 Danforth Avenue, 1919

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Pape and Danforth, 1919

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Broadview and Danforth looking south, 1920

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Danforth public lavatory, just west of Broadview, 1920s 

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Danforth Fruit Store, 1930

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Danforth east from Bowden, 1932

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Dramatic accident near Glebemount in 1935 

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Danforth east from Coxwell, 1935

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TTC waiting room at Danforth and Coxwell, 1936

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Danforth looking east from Ladysmith, 1936

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Danforth looking west from Monarch Park, 1936

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Linsmore Hotel, 1945 (now the Linsmore Tavern near Greenwood)

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Hotel Quigley, 1945 (near Oak Park Avenue)

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Danforth and Greenwood, 1947

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Danforth and Jones, 1952

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Power Supermarket (near Danforth and Woodbine), 1953

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Danforth and Woodbine, 1954

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Danforth looking east from Luttrell, 1959

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Danforth looking west from Woodington, 1960

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Danforth at Birchmount, 1960s

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Danforth looking west from Westlake, 1960

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Danforth looking east from East Lynn, 1960

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Danforth Autobody, 1965


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