Last week, I made another trip downtown and ventured over to Church and Carlton.
There isn't too much to report, as most of the activity is taking place inside the building. However, I observed one striking addition.
As the above photos depict, the storefront windows have been fitted, resulting in the Gardens appearance taking on a whole new look. Although a portion of the wonderful brickwork has been removed, the glass provides a completely different look. These photos were shot along Church St. where a number of stores were located in the early 1930s.
These photographs show the workmen going about their duties. A constant flow of workers were coming and going during my time on the site.
All along, I kept thinking back to the spring and summer of 1931, when the building was first put up. In a mere five to six months, the project was completed. The scheduled opening for the Loblaws/Ryerson remodel is this fall. From what I have witnessed, this goal will not be accomplished.
Conn Smythe must be rolling over in his final resting spot!