I know the Arcade Building has come up from time to time, but in perusing, I didn't see a comprehensive post on it. That's probably UT's search engine, or my oversight, but here we go:
Located at one 131-139 Yonge Street, and 18-26 Victoria Street, this building was sited on the east side of Yonge, directly opposite Temperance Street:
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Image Source: The Yonge Street Arcade in 1885, Toronto Public Library r- 1494
Note the 2-storey entrance which led to a galleria with indoor shops, arguably Toronto's first 'mall'.
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From: Toronto Public Library, r- 1520
52 stores, 32 on the ground floor and 20 on the 2nd floor with offices and artists studios on the 3rd.
Such a beauty at its peak!
Great historical resource on this here: https://tayloronhistory.com/2016/07/29/torontos-yonge-street-arcade-demolished/
From the above link, one particularly interesting tidbit, especially for those of you involved w/retail leasing:
"The leases signed by the retailers stipulated that shops were not allowed to duplicate products and items that other merchants sold. This was to ensure as much variety as possible for shoppers."
This was demolished in the 1950s after a period of considerable neglect.
posted that last summer:
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It was briefly a parking lot, before we got this:
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