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Bodysnatchers – 2018

Bodysnatchers – 2018

Another shot from the Waverly Hotel that was formerly located along Spadina Avenue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Work on You – 2018

Work on You – 2018

Located in downtown Toronto along Spadina Avenue, this hotel was one of the oldest continuously operational hotels in the city.  Built in 1900 and at only four stories tall, it certainly did not stand out from the crowd amongst other more well known hotels such as The King Edward or The Royal York Hotel.  It was operational for 117 years before closing in 2017, then finally being demolished in August of this year to make way for a new 20 storey rental tower to be built in its place.  The new tower will be named ‘The Waverley’ in remembrance of the building that once stood in its place.

Hotel Waverly, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Over and Out – 2018

Over and Out – 2018

A self portrait taken at the former Mr. Christie’s manufacturing plant during its demolition.  So much industry in Canada and North America has been lost over the last decade or two, it makes one wonder where all the laid off workers have gone to find new work.  With the impending closure of the massive General Motors plant in Oshawa, the are no signs of this trend slowing down anytime in the near future.

Self Portrait, Mr. Christie’s Factory, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Shattered – 2018 Self Portrait inside an aban…

Shattered – 2018

Self Portrait inside an abandoned factory in Ontario, Canada.

This Is Not the Place – 2018

This Is Not the Place – 2018

The City of Toronto is going through a massive transformation, actually this is happening throughout all of Southern Ontario.  It’s an area owned by developers where anything and everything is being torn down and replaced with something new.  Plazas, malls and other small retail spaces are closing and being transformed into multiple story condominiums.  Detached homes are being bought by individuals with deep pockets and sometimes developers to be replaced with McMansions.  Schools and prisons are closing at a rapid pace to be replaced with what are called superschools and superjails, which are basically the same thing just on a larger scale.  Even our hospitals are closing down and being replaced with more modern facilities.  Will these new buildings stand the test of time and last as long as the ones they replaced, were built to last? Only time will tell.

While I hate to see so many well built and architecturally interesting buildings lost forever, I also realize that this building boom is not showing any signs of slowing down and will continue to happen for years to come.  But the irony of the whole situation is not lost on me.  In times where media is bombarded by the threat of global climate change and the relentless and expensive push towards green everything, I find it amusing that when it comes to buildings, no one cares about being “green”.  Think about all of the waste materials and pollution created from the demolition of existing buildings (which are still perfectly serviceable), they are then rebuilt with materials that yet again creates an extensive amount of waste and emissions when they are being manufactured, yet nobody is talking about this.

Over this past year I have been fortunate enough to have visited a very large variety of disused buildings, including several firsts, in fact this has probably been my most productive year of exploring to date!

This building used to be a plaza with office space and contained many different businesses including, a Tim Hortons, a dentists office, a gym, a Rogers store, a law office, as well as many other businesses.  It is in the process of being torn down to make way for more high density housing.

Self Portrait, North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Snakes and Ladders – 2018

Snakes and Ladders – 2018

An abandoned mansion in Ontario, Canada.

The World’s Unknown – 2018

The World’s Unknown – 2018

There wasn’t a whole lot to this house, most rooms were mostly empty except for clutter strewn about, which usually doesn’t make for very good photos.  But there was this one bedroom which was still mostly intact, with its shelves full of books, bed and a comfy chair to sit in while reading all those books.

Woodwork – 2018

Woodwork – 2018

This home once belonged to a political figure around the turn of the century.  Having most recently served as a bed and breakfast, it has since sat empty and unused for a few years but is still in remarkably good condition.  With it’s classic Victorian architecture and incredibly detailed woodwork, I hope it stays that way and finds a new life and purpose.

Ceremonial – 2018

Ceremonial – 2018

Having known about this location for a few years, I never thought I would get the chance to see it with my own eyes.  Being able to access and photograph these places requires a lot of hard work, researching, wandering around and being observant, as well as timing and a little luck thrown into the mix.

These religious statues form part of an exhibit at an abandoned zoo.

The Pillow Caper – 2018

The Pillow Caper – 2018

A farm house that sits on waterfront property, that has been empty for at least 10-15 years.

Almost all of the furnishings and personal items left behind in this home were more than 30 years old, very few modern conveniences, not even a computer.

Life during a simpler time.