Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City that Might Have Been

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Dundurn, Oct 27, 2008 - History - 255 pages

Unbuilt Toronto explores never-realized building projects in and around Toronto, from the city's founding to the twenty-first century. Delving into unfulfilled and largely forgotten visions for grand public buildings, landmark skyscrapers, highways, subways, and arts and recreation venues, it outlines such ambitious schemes as St. Alban's Cathedral, the Queen subway line and early city plans that would have resulted in a Paris-by-the-Lake.

Readers may lament the loss of some projects (such as the Eaton's College Street tower), be thankful for the disappearance of others (a highway through the Annex), and marvel at the downtown that could have been (with underground roads and walkways in the sky).

Featuring 147 photographs and illustrations, many never before published, Unbuilt Toronto casts a different light on a city you thought you knew.

 

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Contents

Queen Street Subway
133
A Vertically Separated Entrance
139
Spadina Expressway
143
Toronto TowersBank of Nova Scotia Building
152
Eatons College Street
158
Victory BuildingBayview Ghost
164
Toronto Hydro Tower
170
Willowdale Telecommunication Tower
175

Harbour City
52
Ontario Legislative Buildings
62
St Albans Cathedral
69
Victoria Square
77
Toronto City Hall 19251955
83
New City Hall
91
Mississauga City Hall
99
Toronto and Georgian Bay Ship CanalNew Market Canal
106
Prince Edward Viaduct
113
Hamilton Northwest Entrance
120
Island Tunnel
126
BayAdelaide Centre
180
University of Kings College
188
CNE FiftyYear Plan1971 CNE Master Plan
196
St Michaels College
206
St Lawrence Centre
213
Bay and Wellesley BalletOpera House
220
Royal Ontario Museum
225
The City of the Future
232
Sources
238
Index
251
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Dr. Emily Spencer is an assistant professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and a reserach associate with the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute. She was the general editor of The Difficult War: Perspectives on Insurgency and Special Operations Forces. She lives in Prince George, British Columbia.

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