Eglinton Ave History Toronto

What Eglinton Avenue used to look like in Toronto

What Eglinton Avenue used to look like in Toronto

Eglinton Avenue once felt like the end of civilization in Toronto at around the turn of the 20th century.

But, like the rest of the city, development in the years to follow was swift and by the 1930s, the character of the street as a retail strip around Yonge and westward was already well in place.

Eglinton's big growth spurt would take place between 1930 and 1960, during which period the street was widened to its current size and bridges were built across the Don Valley.

Fast forward to the 1990s and Eglinton could have once again seen a boom to rival its mid-century rise. An Eglinton subway was under construction in 1994 until Mike Harris replaced Bob Rae as Ontario Premier and killed the project.

After a nearly 25-year wait, construction is once again underway for rapid transit in the form of the Crosstown LRT. With it, you can bet that the street will once again undergo significant change. 

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Eglinton and Yonge (looking west), 1922

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Eglinton and Black Creek, 1929

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Eglinton looking across Weston, 1929

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Eglinton looking east from Kodak Plant, 1929

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Eglinton and Oriole Parkway, 1930

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Aerial of Eglinton and Keele area (Mount Dennis), 1930

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Eglinton & Yonge, 1930

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Eglinton and Avenue, 1935

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Eglinton between Oriole Parkway and Avenue Road, 1936

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Eglinton and Bathurst, 1953

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Eglinton and Victoria Park, 1949

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Eglinton and Don Mills, early 1950s

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Power Supermarket Eglinton West,1955

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Eglinton and Hanna, 1955

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Eglinton and Sutherland, 1956

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Eglinton and Laird, 1956

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Eglinton and Laird, alternate view

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Eglinton looking east from Oswego, 1960s

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Eglinton and Yonge at night, 1962

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Eglinton Station bus bays, 1967

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Aerial of Yonge and Eglinton, 1969

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Eglinton and Victoria Park, 1969

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Allen Road looking towards Eglinton, 1978

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Leslie Bus at Eglinton and Yonge, early 1980s

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Eglinton Avenue East looking toward Don Mills, 1980s

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Eglinton and Avenue, 1990s


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