Historic photos from around Financial District, Toronto

There are a wonderful set of Toronto historic photos available online, here are all the photos that I could find from around the Financial District area in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

List of all areas in Toronto or take a look at the historic photos by date. A subset of the photos have also been arranged by subject.

 
 

1846 Historic photo from 1846 - Photograph of a lithograph showing Sword's Hotel on Front Street (Queen's Hotel until 1927) in Financial DistrictPhotograph of a lithograph showing Sword's Hotel on Front Street (Queen's Hotel until 1927)
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
171 years ago - 1846 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1855 Historic photo from 1855 - Queen's Hotel, Front St. W., n. side, between Bay & York Sts in Financial DistrictQueen's Hotel, Front St. W., n. side, between Bay & York Sts
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
162 years ago - 1855 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1856 Historic photo from 1856 - Rossin House Hotel : south-east corner of King and York streets in Financial DistrictRossin House Hotel : south-east corner of King and York streets
(Categorized under: Oldest known Toronto photos --- Rossin House Hotel )
161 years ago - 1856 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1856 Historic photo from 1856 - Looking north up York Street to Osgoode Hall - Toronto from the top of the Rossin House Hotel in Financial DistrictLooking north up York Street to Osgoode Hall - Toronto from the top of the Rossin House Hotel
(Categorized under: Oldest known Toronto photos --- Osgoode Hall )
161 years ago - 1856 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1862 Historic photo from Wednesday, November 22, 1862 - Rossin House fire - watercolour from the Canadian illustrated news, Hamilton, v.1, no. 2 in Financial DistrictRossin House fire - watercolour from the Canadian illustrated news, Hamilton, v.1, no. 2
(Categorized under: Rossin House Hotel )
155 years ago - Wednesday, November 22, 1862 - Financial District
Max temp: 2.8°C - Min temp: -3.3°C - 0.5cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1867 Historic photo from 1867 - Queens Hotel before it expanded - photo by Octavius Thompson in Financial DistrictQueens Hotel before it expanded - photo by Octavius Thompson
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
150 years ago - 1867 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1870 Historic photo from 1870 - Rossin House (then the Prince George Hotel) at King and York Streets (hand-coloured print) in Financial DistrictRossin House (then the Prince George Hotel) at King and York Streets (hand-coloured print)
(Categorized under: Rossin House Hotel )
147 years ago - 1870 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1870 Historic photo from 1870 - Henry John Boulton Holland House - view of rear in Financial DistrictHenry John Boulton Holland House - view of rear
(Categorized under: Holland house )
147 years ago - 1870 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1880 Historic photo from 1880 - Queens Hotel - guests by the fountain at east side, showing Holland House in background in Financial DistrictQueens Hotel - guests by the fountain at east side, showing Holland House in background
(Categorized under: Holland house --- Queens Hotel )
137 years ago - 1880 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1880 Historic photo from 1880 - Rear of Holland House (Henry John Boulton) later occupied by Alexander Manning in Financial DistrictRear of Holland House (Henry John Boulton) later occupied by Alexander Manning
(Categorized under: Holland house )
137 years ago - 1880 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1883 Historic photo from 1883 - Sketch of front elevation for storefronts on King St. East - Langley, Langley and Burke in Financial DistrictSketch of front elevation for storefronts on King St. East - Langley, Langley and Burke
134 years ago - 1883 - Financial District at 53-55 King Street East east of Toronto Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1885 Historic photo from 1885 - Holland House on south side of Wellington St. West  between Bay & York - built by HJ Boulton in Financial DistrictHolland House on south side of Wellington St. West between Bay & York - built by HJ Boulton
(Categorized under: Holland house )
132 years ago - 1885 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1888 Historic photo from 1888 - Queens Hotel on Front Street West (where Royal York is now) in Financial DistrictQueens Hotel on Front Street West (where Royal York is now)
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
129 years ago - 1888 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Queens Hotel on Front Street with many trees in Financial DistrictQueens Hotel on Front Street with many trees
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
127 years ago - 1890 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Holland House sketch - north side facing Wellington St. W., s. side, betw. Bay & York Sts in Financial DistrictHolland House sketch - north side facing Wellington St. W., s. side, betw. Bay & York Sts
(Categorized under: Holland house )
127 years ago - 1890 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Gate and turrets of Holland House or "The Castle" in Financial DistrictGate and turrets of Holland House or "The Castle"
(Categorized under: Holland house )
127 years ago - 1890 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Walker House on the right, with the proposed Canadian Pacific Railway Station on the left - York St., e. side, at Esplanade W.; looking s. down York St. from Front St. W. in Financial DistrictWalker House on the right, with the proposed Canadian Pacific Railway Station on the left - York St., e. side, at Esplanade W.; looking s. down York St. from Front St. W.
(Categorized under: Architectural drawings --- Hotels )
127 years ago - 1890 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1900 Historic photo from 1900 - Ontario Reform Club - Holland House on Wellington St. W in Financial DistrictOntario Reform Club - Holland House on Wellington St. W
(Categorized under: Holland house )
117 years ago - 1900 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1902 Historic photo from 1902 - Horse drawn carriages on Wellington Street looking west from York Street in Financial DistrictHorse drawn carriages on Wellington Street looking west from York Street
115 years ago - 1902 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1904 Historic photo from 1904 - Holland House in some disrepair before being torn down in Financial DistrictHolland House in some disrepair before being torn down
(Categorized under: Holland house )
113 years ago - 1904 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1905 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 9, 1905 - Canadian Feather and Mattress Company fire, Melinda St., n. side, e. of Bay St. (Sunlight soap ad) in Financial DistrictCanadian Feather and Mattress Company fire, Melinda St., n. side, e. of Bay St. (Sunlight soap ad)
112 years ago - Tuesday, May 9, 1905 - Financial District
Max temp: 11.7°C - Min temp: 3.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1907 Historic photo from 1907 - Men viewing the demolition of fire remains at site of future Union Station in Financial DistrictMen viewing the demolition of fire remains at site of future Union Station
110 years ago - 1907 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1908 Historic photo from 1908 - Iroquois Hotel on King Street West, looking east from York Street including Palmer House, Imperial Hotel, Prince George Hotel in Financial DistrictIroquois Hotel on King Street West, looking east from York Street including Palmer House, Imperial Hotel, Prince George Hotel
(Categorized under: Hotels --- Rossin House Hotel )
109 years ago - 1908 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1908 Historic photo from 1908 - Baker making fresh bread at the  Queens' Hotel in Financial DistrictBaker making fresh bread at the Queens' Hotel
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
109 years ago - 1908 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1908 Historic photo from 1908 - Queen's Hotel looking west across Front Street in Financial DistrictQueen's Hotel looking west across Front Street
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
109 years ago - 1908 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1909 Historic photo from 1909 - Savoy Hotel and Tea Room demolition Yonge St., n.w. corner Adelaide St. W. in Financial DistrictSavoy Hotel and Tea Room demolition Yonge St., n.w. corner Adelaide St. W.
(Categorized under: Hotels )
108 years ago - 1909 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Rossin House (then the Prince George Hotel) Toronto Canoe Club group portrait (after 1910) in Financial DistrictRossin House (then the Prince George Hotel) Toronto Canoe Club group portrait (after 1910)
(Categorized under: Rossin House Hotel )
107 years ago - 1910 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Palmer House Hotel, northwest corner of King and York streets in Financial DistrictPalmer House Hotel, northwest corner of King and York streets
(Categorized under: Hotels )
107 years ago - 1910 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1911 Historic photo from 1911 - Carved black walnut buffet made by Jacques and Hay for Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876 (won 1st place) in Financial DistrictCarved black walnut buffet made by Jacques and Hay for Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876 (won 1st place)
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
106 years ago - 1911 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1911 Historic photo from 1911 - Drawing room with ornate  woodwork and wallpaper (Queens Hotel) in Financial DistrictDrawing room with ornate woodwork and wallpaper (Queens Hotel)
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
106 years ago - 1911 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1911 Historic photo from 1911 - Writing room in the Queen's Hotel (previously the Revere House) in Financial DistrictWriting room in the Queen's Hotel (previously the Revere House)
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
106 years ago - 1911 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1911 Historic photo from 1911 - Sunroom in the Queens Hotel in Financial DistrictSunroom in the Queens Hotel
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
106 years ago - 1911 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1911 Historic photo from Saturday, December 2, 1911 - Wellington and Bay - wood block pavement in Financial DistrictWellington and Bay - wood block pavement
106 years ago - Saturday, December 2, 1911 - Financial District
Max temp: 3.3°C - Min temp: -3.9°C - 1.8cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Open centre-hall plan with sitting rooms on either side (Queen's Hotel) in Financial DistrictOpen centre-hall plan with sitting rooms on either side (Queen's Hotel)
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
105 years ago - 1912 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Walker House Hotel in centre, Queens Hotel on left, open space site of future Union Station in Financial DistrictWalker House Hotel in centre, Queens Hotel on left, open space site of future Union Station
(Categorized under: Hotels --- Queens Hotel )
105 years ago - 1912 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1914 Historic photo from Thursday, April 30, 1914 - North American Life Building, No. 112-118 King Street West in Financial DistrictNorth American Life Building, No. 112-118 King Street West
103 years ago - Thursday, April 30, 1914 - Financial District
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 1.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Tuesday, October 12, 1915 - Union Station excavation across the street from the Queens Hotel in Financial DistrictUnion Station excavation across the street from the Queens Hotel
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
102 years ago - Tuesday, October 12, 1915 - Financial District
Max temp: 20.0°C - Min temp: 7.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Thursday, October 21, 1915 - Union Station site looking north across Front Stree to the Queens Hotel in Financial DistrictUnion Station site looking north across Front Stree to the Queens Hotel
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
102 years ago - Thursday, October 21, 1915 - Financial District
Max temp: 17.2°C - Min temp: 7.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Thursday, October 21, 1915 - Close up of Queens Hotel from Union Station site in Financial DistrictClose up of Queens Hotel from Union Station site
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
102 years ago - Thursday, October 21, 1915 - Financial District
Max temp: 17.2°C - Min temp: 7.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1917 Historic photo from Tuesday, April 3, 1917 - Steelwork frame under construction - Union Station in Financial DistrictSteelwork frame under construction - Union Station
100 years ago - Tuesday, April 3, 1917 - Financial District
Max temp: 8.9°C - Min temp: -1.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1919 Historic photo from 1919 - Rossin House (then the Prince George Hotel) with fire escapes on front in Financial DistrictRossin House (then the Prince George Hotel) with fire escapes on front
(Categorized under: Rossin House Hotel )
98 years ago - 1919 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from 1919 - Iroquois Hotel, northwest corner of King and York streets in Financial DistrictIroquois Hotel, northwest corner of King and York streets
(Categorized under: Hotels )
98 years ago - 1919 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, April 4, 1919 - Interior roof construction of Union Station, Toronto in Financial DistrictInterior roof construction of Union Station, Toronto
98 years ago - Friday, April 4, 1919 - Financial District
Max temp: 10.0°C - Min temp: 3.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1920 Historic photo from 1920 - Front Street - Royal York on left, Union Station on the right in Financial DistrictFront Street - Royal York on left, Union Station on the right
(Categorized under: Royal York Hotel )
97 years ago - 1920 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1920 Historic photo from 1920 - Steam engines, eastern entrance to Union Station, Toronto, with the Royal York Hotel in the background in Financial DistrictSteam engines, eastern entrance to Union Station, Toronto, with the Royal York Hotel in the background
(Categorized under: Royal York Hotel )
97 years ago - 1920 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1923 Historic photo from Wednesday, June 13, 1923 - New Union Station, row of ticket offices in Financial DistrictNew Union Station, row of ticket offices
94 years ago - Wednesday, June 13, 1923 - Financial District
Max temp: 23.3°C - Min temp: 6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1924 Historic photo from 1924 - Walker House hotel in white, behind the Post Office & Union Station with dome of the Cyclorama building above in Financial DistrictWalker House hotel in white, behind the Post Office & Union Station with dome of the Cyclorama building above
(Categorized under: Hotels )
93 years ago - 1924 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1925 Historic photo from 1925 - Aerial view of the Royal York Hotel in Financial DistrictAerial view of the Royal York Hotel
(Categorized under: Royal York Hotel )
92 years ago - 1925 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1925 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 12, 1925 - Rossin House (then the Prince George Hotel) with buses out front in Financial DistrictRossin House (then the Prince George Hotel) with buses out front
(Categorized under: Rossin House Hotel )
92 years ago - Tuesday, May 12, 1925 - Financial District
Max temp: 18.9°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1927 Historic photo from 1927 - Removing furniture at the closing of the Queen's Hotel in Financial DistrictRemoving furniture at the closing of the Queen's Hotel
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
90 years ago - 1927 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1927 Historic photo from 1927 - Looking south across fountain to Union Station from grounds of Queens Hotel in Financial DistrictLooking south across fountain to Union Station from grounds of Queens Hotel
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
90 years ago - 1927 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1927 Historic photo from 1927 - Queens Hotel on Front St. W. before demolition in Financial DistrictQueens Hotel on Front St. W. before demolition
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
90 years ago - 1927 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1927 Historic photo from Wednesday, June 29, 1927 - Demolition of Old Union Station in Financial DistrictDemolition of Old Union Station
90 years ago - Wednesday, June 29, 1927 - Financial District
Max temp: 34.4°C - Min temp: 13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1927 Historic photo from Wednesday, August 10, 1927 - Union Station - entrance to trains.  Decorated for the opening visit by the Prince of Wales. in Financial DistrictUnion Station - entrance to trains. Decorated for the opening visit by the Prince of Wales.
90 years ago - Wednesday, August 10, 1927 - Financial District at 65 Front Street West s.w corner at Bay Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1928 Historic photo from 1928 - View of Front Street from Walker House Hotel (Queens Hotel and Union Station) in Financial DistrictView of Front Street from Walker House Hotel (Queens Hotel and Union Station)
(Categorized under: Queens Hotel )
89 years ago - 1928 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1929 Historic photo from 1929 - Royal York Hotel, Front St. W., n.e. corner York St. in Financial DistrictRoyal York Hotel, Front St. W., n.e. corner York St.
(Categorized under: Hotels )
88 years ago - 1929 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1940 Historic photo from 1940 - Rossin House Hotel (then the Prince George Hotel) in Financial DistrictRossin House Hotel (then the Prince George Hotel)
(Categorized under: Rossin House Hotel )
77 years ago - 1940 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1945 Historic photo from 1945 - Walker House Hotel on the south west corner of Front St. W. and York St. in Financial DistrictWalker House Hotel on the south west corner of Front St. W. and York St.
(Categorized under: Hotels )
72 years ago - 1945 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1953 Historic photo from 1953 - Cyclorama building - used by Elgin Motors - 123 Front St. W., south side, west of York St. in Financial DistrictCyclorama building - used by Elgin Motors - 123 Front St. W., south side, west of York St.
64 years ago - 1953 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1954 Historic photo from 1954 - People sitting in Suite 1071, Royal York Hotel in Financial DistrictPeople sitting in Suite 1071, Royal York Hotel
(Categorized under: Royal York Hotel )
63 years ago - 1954 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1954 Historic photo from 1954 - Banquet Hall set with tables and chairs in the Royal York Hotel in Financial DistrictBanquet Hall set with tables and chairs in the Royal York Hotel
(Categorized under: Royal York Hotel )
63 years ago - 1954 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1954 Historic photo from 1954 - Princess Lounge in the Royal York Hotel in Financial DistrictPrincess Lounge in the Royal York Hotel
(Categorized under: Royal York Hotel )
63 years ago - 1954 - Financial District
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1956 Historic photo from Saturday, November 24, 1956 - Royal York Hotel hosts 1956 Grey Cup crowds in Toronto in Financial DistrictRoyal York Hotel hosts 1956 Grey Cup crowds in Toronto
(Categorized under: Hotels )
61 years ago - Saturday, November 24, 1956 - Financial District
Max temp: 0.6°C - Min temp: -7.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)