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Grand Trunk Railway System


GTR General Offices in downtown Toronto 1867.
(Note: Corner building with people in view is City Bank of Montreal
Southwest corner of Bay and Wellington Streets.)
Toronto in the Camera, Octavius Thompson
Toronto Public Library

City ticket office 6 King Street West, Toronto

Old hand-coloured postcard. Dominion Bond Company

Open style streetcar was 19th century air-conditioning! Note Daily Star sign above streetcar.
Derek Boles Collection

Queen City Oil building after 1900. Over the years the building changed it name.

Manufacturers Life Building GTR ticket office remains on the ground floor. 1920

Canadian National Railways sold January 31, 1958, the Lawlor Building, (6 King Street West) at the northwest corner of Yonge and King Streets, to Tusca Investments for $750,000. The building's main floor and storefront had been occupied by the Grand Trunk Railway as a downtown ticket office since its construction in 1897. CNR expropriated the 5-story building
in 1923 from its owners, the Imperial Bank of Canada, and planned on building a 26-story office building on the site, which would have made it the tallest building in the city. In preparation for this, CNR moved its offices across Yonge Street to the Royal Bank Building. Political interference and public criticism of CNR's extravagance curtailed the skyscraper project
and the existing building was occupied by CNR's City Ticket Office in early 1928. CNR then closed the ticket office in
the old Canadian Northern Building two blocks east at King and Toronto Streets. This building had been the CNoR headquarters until 1918 and then CNR headquarters until moved in 1923 to Montreal.

Derek Boles Collection


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