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Tom Jones looks like a porta-potty now.

You know, Tom Jones is a heritage building...........but it really isn't one of the prettiest currently..............

Even before factoring in its new found context (as opposed to being surrounded by a parking lot).

Got me thinking............I wonder what it used to look like.

From the City Archive - 1972

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This shot from 1920 seems to depict the building looking a bit different, though its hard to tell from the angle at King Street:

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I see in the report linked below, that the first part of the building dates from 1878, with much of the rest added in 1884. So it's 143 years old.


The building was apparently the home of the first ever Grand & Toy for those who remember the long-time Canadian Stationary chain.

Tom Jones has been (was) there since 1965.

The building appears to have been surrounded by parking as far back as 1947.

I can't find a single photo of what it originally looked like!
 

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Speaking of Tom Jones, is there anything happening with that building (internal renovations) or any further details on the new owner and associated plans?
There are no City Building Permits open so if they are doing anything it's minor!
 

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They are getting set up for the tower crane removal.
I guess they didn’t want to (or couldn’t) take out the King St. streetcar for a day or two.

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Edit added one more picture
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Here is more info on the streetscape work - which will now definitely not happen until 2022.

City Council consideration on July 14, 2021
Notice of Motion
MM35.32
ACTION​
Ward: 13​
Agreement with 65 King East GP Inc. or 65 King East LP (Carttera Developments) - streetscape improvements on Colborne Street, Colborne Lane and Leader Lane as part of development of 65 King St E - by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, seconded by Councillor Joe Cressy
See: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.MM35.32
 

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I assume this is for the removal of the 65 King crane

COLBORNE ST From CHURCH ST To SCOTT ST

Toronto-TMC: Westbound lanes closed due to a crane hoist.
Closure Type:Construction (Planned)
Time Frame:Daily
From:Jul 16, 2021
Until:Jul 16, 2021
Hours:06:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Impact:Minor
Road Class:Local
District:Toronto and East York
Contractor:Total Crane
ID:R134619
 

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