This is what Wellington Street used to look like in Toronto
And yet, if you go far enough back, it's obvious that it was every bit as important to the burgeoning city, particularly as it plays a role in one of our most famous intersections.
Is there a more iconic historical building in Toronto than the Gooderham Building, our own Flat Iron?
It'd be tough to live in the city for too long without confronting this red brick marvel, constructed in 1892.
Apparently George Gooderham Sr. could see to his distillery from the office on the top floor at the turn of the century.
It wasn't the first building at this intersection with such a footprint, though. The first three-storey iteration dates back to before 1838, and was called the Coffin Block.
We live with the remainder of this idiosyncratic cartography and recognize it implicitly with things like the recent Berzcy Park revitalization.
But, of course, Wellington's importance extends beyond this intersection. The street was one of the major victims of the Great Fire of 1904.
The event would reduce the city rubble, and the street would never be the same through its central section.
Wellington was rebuilt through the core, but the biggest changes the street witnessed came decades later, when its western reaches were redeveloped as the density of downtown pushed westward.
This was before the CBC Building filled the souther part of the frame, and the eventual rise of South Core.
It's actually quite stunning, this empty Toronto along Wellington. What is this city with so much space?
Let's remember the buildings that still remain.
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