Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What Yonge & Queen Looked Like in 1915ish

This photo is looking north up Yonge Street from Queen Street in 1915ish. I don't have too terribly much to say about it, but here are a few tidbits. The entire left-hand side of the photo, the west side of Yonge, is now, of course, the Eaton's Centre. But the H. Knox and Company store you see here (which eventually become Woolworths) is still partially preserved. Across, the street from it, on the very right of the photo is the Bank of Montreal building which is also still there on the north-east corner of the intersection, though now it has a giant glass tower rising out of it. Behind that, you can see part of the sign for the Heintzman piano company, which will get its own post someday. Theodore August Heintzman came to Toronto from Germany in the 1800s and built a piano in his kitchen. When he sold it, he used the money to start his own company, which soon gained an international reputation for producing some of the highest quality pianos in the world. In 1915, Heintzman had recently bought the building you see here to use as a head office; we still call it "Heintzman Hall". These days, it's a heritage property and home to a Home Sense.


  1. the building on the SW corner is not a facade it is the complete building and separate from the eaton centre -- i understand there is a rider on the deed the prohibited it being sold to eatons their heirs or successors -- ever...

  2. Thanks for pointing that out... I've updated the post.

  3. Where do I get a copy of this picture?

    1. The Toronto Archives posted it to their Flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/torontohistory/5431719236/

      If you're looking for a hardcopy, they do copies:

      And looking that up, I've noticed that they actually list it as circa 1915, so I've updated the post.

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