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As I looked through my notes I realized that the station has been under renovations since 2010, when they started updating the subway station!!!
Union Station, one of Toronto’s most iconic buildings, and the busiest transit hub in North America, is being restored and revitalized to better serve the 300,000+ visitors that pass through the station every day.
When the revitalization is complete, Union Station will have doubled the pedestrian capacity, restored important heritage elements, and transformed into a major destination for shopping, dining and community gathering.
Restoration began in 2014!
One of my favourite new installations are the glass covers that have been installed over the station’s pedestrian moats, which run along the Front and York Street sides of the building. The covers consist of steel beams and glass, which create a giant skylight around the perimeter of the station.
The covered moats create a completely enclosed space providing enhanced pedestrian circulation through the station, protection from inclement weather, and an improved experience for pedestrians entering and exiting the station or transferring to the TTC subway.
Photos taken 2014!
Photos taken 2018
We are beginning to see some light at the end of this 5 year old tunnel.
Click on the links below to see more of the renovations.
The tunnel that we have been using to get to the subway was closed off this week.
BTW the roof was also part of the renovations, this used to be open to the elements.
The Bay Concourse has been closed since the end of Toronto’s PanAm Games in 2015 for a total overhaul has opened, although there is still a lot of work to be done. As of Wednesday, February 19, 2020 a route change between the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway station and Union Station will begin. In order to move forward on the next piece of work in the Front Street Tunnel, there is a need to temporarily close it to allow for the completion of concrete work, underground mechanical work, and the installation of pavers, railings and public art in the tunnel. To connect from the TTC to Union Station, commuters will now walk straight across the moat between the two stations. This route opened in December 2019 as an alternate route between the two stations and has being widened to accommodate increased pedestrian flow. This route meets accessibility requirements, and includes escalators and an elevator.
This used to be so dark and dingy, tiles everywhere in shades of orange, grey, brownish maybe taupe?
I found some photos online of what it used to look like!
I did go to the Toronto Reference Library to see this exhibit.
Construction continues across from the library, # 1 Yorkville is being touted as one of the toniest addresses in this very pretentious neighbourhood. Their ad states "This is a building that will stand out not only because of its stunning architecture and exquisite finishes, but also because of its magnificent amenities and exclusive services. It will be like staying in a 6-star hotel at a 6-star location." The finest of Toronto will be within walking distance of the front door of 1 Yorkville. Strolling through Hermes, Gucci, Holt Renfrew, dinner at the Four Seasons across the street, a glass of Moet at the Hyatt’s Roof Lounge - whether it's luxurious shops or a selection of the city’s finest restaurants – the options are endless. And 1 Yorkville is conveniently by the Bloor and Yonge subway lines and PATH. It is being built above the fully restored Yorkville Village buildings that date to the 1860s. This meticulous preservation work — overseen by ERA Architects, Toronto's premier heritage specialists — will involve the retention of not just the graceful historical facades but the entire original structure of the 19th century buildings. This is where the condominium’s boutique retail offerings will be housed.
I took this photo in 2011 with the historical buildings on this block.
A friend gave me a recipe for bourbon brownies that she had tried and loved. I didn't have corn syrup so I substituted with molasses (dark) and I found the molasses overwhelmed the flavour, we also thought they were too sweet.