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Northern Light

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So......at first I was going to correct you.........LOL......

Because I read the description in the archive photo which says 'Looking West' to Sherbourne........

Your pic is looking east.

However, I have to say, it looks to me like you got it right, and the archives has it wrong. (raises eyebrow).
 

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I first came upon this unique, old structure 9 years ago while exploring Dawes Rd. S. of Danforth Ave.
It's at #10 Dawes Rd. just N. of the main railway line, near Main St.
Apparently, built in the late 1890s as a grain elevator and grist mill, it was originally called Chalmer's Flour Mill.
Later to become the Elizabeth Feed Co., providing bird, horse & dog feed.

I was certainly surprised upon discovering this proposal for 40 storey condo towers on the site.
The historic, old mill may be preserved as a daycare centre. Construction is yet to begin!

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I first came upon this unique, old structure 9 years ago while exploring Dawes Rd. S. of Danforth Ave.
It's at #10 Dawes Rd. just N. of the main railway line, near Main St.
Apparently, built in the late 1890s as a grain elevator and grist mill, it was originally called Chalmer's Flour Mill.
Later to become the Elizabeth Feed Co., providing bird, horse & dog feed.

I was certainly surprised upon discovering this proposal for 40 storey condo towers on the site.
The historic, old mill may be preserved as a daycare centre. Construction is yet to begin!

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You must not venture into the Buildings section of the forum very often...
 

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This one courtesy of the FB group Friends who like Vintage Toronto; and poster Steve Vogtle:

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In the comments for this, something worth sharing:

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Quick PS here, doesn't this seem more like Parliament/Lakeshore?

Anyways, now photo, based on Sherbourne:

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Curiously, this is Parliament/Lakeshore and I can't make out any of the Distillery District here either.

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Edit to add: I'm quite sure this is that building from the Distillery District we can see in the original photo:

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I don't see how you make that out from Lakeshore/Sherbourne.
 

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This one courtesy of the FB group Friends who like Vintage Toronto; and poster Steve Vogtle:

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In the comments for this, something worth sharing:

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Quick PS here, doesn't this seem more like Parliament/Lakeshore?

Anyways, now photo, based on Sherbourne:

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Curiously, this is Parliament/Lakeshore and I can't make out any of the Distillery District here either.

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Edit to add: I'm quite sure this is that building from the Distillery District we can see in the original photo:

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I don't see how you make that out from Lakeshore/Sherbourne.
This definitely does feel much more like Parliament and Lakeshore. If you take a screenshot before the bend, you can make out the brick building that exists at the distillery right above the "Lake Shore Blvd East" sign in the middle of the photo. Also note the railroad truss structure above the railroad tracks (Pardon me, I am unaware of what the correct term for it is) that is situated east of the tunnel compared to the one at Sherbourne and Lakeshore that is situated to the east.
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Yeah, keep in mind, too, that the "then" photo is taken *south* of the Lakeshore--and is not on axis, but on a diagonal, corresponding w/the E end of Queen's Quay where it merges into Parliament. (That is, the lighthouse was situated at the NW end of the Victory Soya Mills property.)
 

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Here is some info on the Windmill Line(s). They are still used in property descriptions at the Land Registry Office.

 
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It would be great if the Distillery were to build another replica of that windmill within their pedestrian area.
 

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From the Facebook Group "Friends Who Like Vintage Toronto"

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The view angle is not stated.......but if memory serves, this would be just east of Parliament at Queen's Quay, south side......

So I'm banking on this being vaguely similar in terms of a 'now' view:

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Edit to add: I believe the heritage photo was a bit more north to south in its positioning, but I think this angle reflects what would have been in the photo to some degree.

As I recall, the track ran parallel to Parliament then Lakeshore.
 

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Yeah, today's equivalent would be an "under-expressway" view to the SE (and the Victory admin building lasted until relative recent times, which is another "historical coordinate" to remember)
 

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On second thought.....could this be the windmill in 1950? (unfortunately, not very high-res)

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