Yonge & Eglinton Through The Years

There’s something about the summer that just makes you feel nostalgic. Perhaps it’s all the fresh, warm air, or maybe the fact that our minds relax enough this time of year to take an extra moment to think back on what was. We’re feeling a little nostalgic this week about one of our favourite neighbourhoods in the city – Yonge and Eglinton. We don’t have an attic with old photos and artifacts of this beloved area, but luckily the Toronto Archives provide plenty of pics to peruse from way back when.

If you know the area well, you’ll surely spot some changes. And if Yonge and Eg is new to you, we’re happy to help in your journey to getting to know the neighbourhood.

From 1907 – 1931

Road repairs on north Yonge Street at Eglinton Avenue. - [between 1907 and 1912] Yonge Street at Eglinton Avenue. - 1912 Eglinton Avenue West, looking west from Yonge Street. - 1922f1231_it0736 f1231_it0855 f1231_it1630

From 1950 – 1963

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From 1977 – 1996

Streets - Yonge Street/1978 study. - 1977-1983

Streets - Elm/Eglinton. - 1982-1986

North Toronto. - [198-]


Yonge Street , Bloor Street to Rosedale. - 1990

Issues - streetwall/corner buildings and street proportions. - [199?]-1996

Photos via the City of Toronto Archives. 

Eglinton station back in the day

As you probably already know, E Condos will have an underground connection to Eglinton Subway Station. This is just one of the many changes that Eglinton Station has seen over the years since it opened to the public back in 1954. Let’s take a look back at what it originally looked like in those days.

According to Transit Toronto, when Eglinton Station opened to the public, it was the Yonge subway’s gateway to the northern suburbs of Toronto. Several bus and trolley bus routes converged on this station, carrying passengers to and from the east, north and south, connecting to the subway at a large, multi-platform bus terminal. As you can see from the rendering and photos below, the South terminal housed a large number of buses and trolley buses for routes serving a wide area of the city.

In 1973, the north Yonge subway extension opened, moving the subway’s northern gateway to York Mills and then, in 1974, to Finch. The Yonge and Eglinton intersection grew rapidly along with these changes and office and residential towers quickly popped up and new shopping centres opened.

Out of all the twelve Yonge subway stations, Eglinton is the only one which has retained many of its original vitreous marble tiles.

It will be interesting to see what Eglinton Station will look like in 5 years when E Condos is complete. It will be even more interesting to see what it will look like in 30 years  if  the OneCity Transit plan sees the light of day.