A guest post by my uncle Ken McGrath:
When I first visited Toronto as a teenager from Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1968 I was amazed at the Toronto Skyline, (seen from my Great Aunt’s backyard on Lake Crescent and Lakeshore Boulevard in the last image). I always loved the idea of being on a Lake and enjoy walking and biking the shoreline.
This collection of images starts in High Park at Grenadier Pond and proceeds westbound on Lakeshore to Mimico along the shore. These images document the old “No Tell” Motels that are slowly being replaced by High Rise Condo’s. The Hillcrest Motel was built around 1949 and just sold to a German Company for Condo’s. I thought I should take some photos of these properties before they disappear. These Motels have appeared in numbers of Movies and Television Shows.
Also included are small and large apartments that were likely built around the same time, and may also disappear one day. In contrast to the new concrete Towers they represent a different era and a different relationship to the the area.