Now a busy modern thoroughfare in the heart of Toronto, Front Street East was once a quiet waterfront street, lined with understated brick buildings. The St. Lawrence Market was one of the largest buildings in sight, without the shade of towering skyscrapers.

As BuzzBuzzNews has done with Front Street WestBathurst Street and Spadina Avenue, we’ve lined up archival photos of Front Street East from the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library with present-day shots from BuzzBuzzNews’ James Bombales. Check out the then-and-now sliders below.

Front Street East and Yonge Street, 1955

Front Street East and Scott Street, 1955

Front Street East and Church Street, 1955

Gooderham Building, Front Street East and Church Street, 1975

Front Street East and Market Street, 1972

Front Street East and Lower Jarvis Street, 1972

Front Street East and Sherbourne Street, 1972

Front Street East and Parliament Street, 1975

Front Street East and Trinity Street, 1988

Front Street East and Cherry Street, 1972

Front Street East and Bayview Avenue, Late 1980s

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