Then and Now: 62-64 Logan Ave

This photo was taken February 1942.


An unkempt fixer-upper in Leslieville.

In the photo above, you notice the exteriour finish is stucco and the windows are plain and unadorned.The modern materials and complete lack of historicizing detail is deliberate. The style of architecture displayed here is moving away from ornate detailing and moving towards mass production. The building underwent renovations over the spring of 1942, but much of the style was kept. The suspended canopy above the door modernized the building.

This photo was taken May 1942.

This building style resembles Prairie Architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright is the architect responsible for initiating the Prairie School of Architecture in the United States. Prairie style is one of the only purely North American styles. The horizontal lines and geometric patterning of finishes and windows contrast sharply with the more formal architecture of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The two photos taken in 1942 are from the City of Toronto Archives. The address on the photography is 62-64 Logan Ave, and it’s obvious that it’s the same house in both photos. However, the commentary associated with the photography notes the building was demolished. While I can’t offer any insight as to whether the commentary is true or not, I can produce a photo of 71-73 Logan Ave from Google Streetview. The resemblance is uncanny, and I question whether or not it’s the same building in all three photos. Over time, as the city develops, streets and addresses change. Perhaps this is simply a case of an address change.
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