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. 

Yonge and Eglinton: Past, present and future

Yonge and Eglinton will experience a dramatic transformation once E Condos takes up permanent residence at 8 Eglinton Avenue East in 2017. In many ways though, Yonge and Eglinton has always been a neighbourhood of transformation and a lot has changed at this intersection over the last 200 years.

Back in the 1930’s for example, the Toronto Dominion Bank used to sit at the northeast corner of Yonge and Eglinton.

The building now looks completely different from what it looked like in the 1930’s and Dominion Bank has been rebranded and is now called TD Canada Trust.

The bank will experience yet another makeover when it is incorporated into the design of E Condos. It will be one of the retail spaces that will occupy the ground floor of E Condos in 2017.

The southeast corner of Yonge and Eglinton has seen a lot of changes too. Back in the early 20th century, the intersection had several residential homes, some of which were converted into shops. The one in the photograph below for example, sold cigarettes, cigars and tobacco.

Many of these shops and residential homes were later turned into commercial buildings and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce opended a branch at 1 Eglinton Avenue East in the 1930’s.

The bank is still there today and like many of the buildings on Yonge and Eglinton, it looks completely different from what it looked like 80 years ago.

Here are a few more old photos of Yonge and Eglinton along with some recent ones.

And of course, here’s what Yonge and Eglinton will look like in 2017.