Painted onto the building at the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor, the phrase “in the heart of Toronto” is as true today as it was in 1922, the date of the photograph taken of the intersection and the two-storey structure that housed Stollerys.
The menswear shop has stood at the downtown intersection for 114 years before being bought by Mizrahi Developments in October 2014, with plans to build a 75-storey condo on site. Though the project was being considered for designation as a heritage building, controversially, demolition has already started. Currently, heritage advocates and City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam have demanded the demolition be stopped.
Before the intersection changes forever, here’s a look at how much has changed over the age-old retailer’s history. The modern-day photos were taken January 20th by James Bombales.
A policeman directs traffic at Bloor and Yonge in front of Stollerys, 1922
Credit: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1034, Item 816
Bloor and Yonge streets, southwest corner, 1928.
Credit: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 7393. A note that accompanied the photo says the says the property was sold to Stollery for $400,000.00.
Yonge Street, looking south from Bloor, 1953
Credit: Toronto Public Library, Digital Archive