This is a great idea for a thread. Queen West is as vibrant and interesting today as it ever was.
I ♥ Queen Street West!
Great pics! I never knew the Gladstone used to have a spire..
A lot of heritage buildings in Toronto had spires and much more interesting rooflines when they were built. Sadly, these features (especially cornices and spires) have often been stripped by owners to save on maintenance. The result is a collection of architecture overall that may appear blander. Features like spires and decorative balustrades along roofs should be restored. The Gladstone's exterior architecture has been well restored, except for the tower. One would like it to be a starting point for Victorian tower restoration as well. Apparently, the Zeidler family wanted to do so, but the city was obstructionist on zoning grounds.
Could the spot west of CIBC be the longest-surviving vacant lot in downtown Toronto? Has anything ever been built on it?