There are so many landmarks and historical buildings in Toronto which have held a special place in the hearts of Torontonians over the years.
Some are still with us, some have been transformed into something else, and some are gone from the streetscape but still linger in our memories.
Neighbourhoods are often distinguished by these landmarks. Even after they are gone, the people who knew the neighbourhood “way back when” will still talk about them.
“I remember when Sam the Record Man lit up Yonge Street with that massive record sign”, someone might say. “I used to spend every dollar I earned in that store as a teenager!”
What is it about these buildings that hold so much meaning for us?
Maybe your dad always took you to wander through High Park and visit the High Park Zoo.
Maybe you just love to walk past the shops clustered on Bayview in Leaside, or through Bloor West Village, or any other unique and funky Toronto neighbourhoods.
A love of neighbourhood landmarks
The identity of our most beloved neighbourhoods in Toronto is often tied to the landmarks that stand within them.
Sometimes, when we have to say goodbye to one, it’s like losing an old friend. The neighbourhood, and the city, move on, but we maintain a soft spot in our hearts for these cherished places.
I illustrate landmarks and historical buildings because I love to document the Toronto of today, as well as the Toronto of days gone by.
If you have a special place that you would like me to capture in a work of art for you, I’m always thrilled to talk about it with you.
Contact David Crighton Art for details about commissioning an original piece based on a favourite landmark for yourself, or as a gift for someone else.
What is your favourite landmark, building, neighbourhood or streetscape in Toronto? Whether it’s old or new, still standing or long gone, share it in the comments section!
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