Eaton Centre, Toronto


If you’ve ever visited Toronto, then chances are you’ve been to the Eaton Centre. It represents the heart of downtown TO. Here’s its history, copied directly off the Toronto Eaton Centre website:

Stretching two full city blocks, Toronto Eaton Centre is a historical landmark, and today one of Canada’s best-known retail shopping destinations, attracting millions of visitors annually.

In the 1960s, Eaton’s partnered with Fairview and TD Bank, to create what would become known as Toronto Eaton Centre. Eaton’s department store moved to the corner of Yonge Street and Dundas Street, right next to their competitor, Simpsons, which was located at the corner of Yonge Street and Queen Street. Today, these stores have both been replaced by Sears (Eaton’s) and The Bay (Simpsons). Although the completed centre did not turn out to be a perfect rectangle, as planned, it has undoubtedly become a unique and interesting downtown landscape. Zigzagging around historical sites, such as Old City Hall, and Holy Trinity Church, Toronto Eaton Centre has indeed woven itself into the urban fabric.

Toronto Eaton Centre opened in two stages. On February 10, 1977 the northern section was built and on August 8, 1979, the southern section was completed. Two more phases would be added and opened in June 1990 and Summer/Fall 1999.

Modeled after Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the centre’s architect, Ed Zeidler, created the retail portion of the complex to feature a four-level shopping centre with a glass-domed galleria running the length of the centre. Suspended from the galleria, one finds a mobile of a flock of Canadian geese, Flight Stop, designed by artist Michael Snow.

It’s 3 gleaming, award winning office towers are spectacular business locations, offering state-of-the-art building systems, superb atmosphere and unsurpassed amenities.

Toronto Eaton Centre remains the focal point of downtown Toronto. It is a city landmark unlike any other, where people from all walks of life can gather under one roof with no prejudices. Rudolph Adlaf, Cadillac Fairview’s Senior Vice President of Architecture and Design, once said “Toronto Eaton Centre is classic in its simplicity.” And a classic it will remain

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10 Responses to Eaton Centre, Toronto

  1. Trying to catch up with folks and have come to concluesion, Davey, that you can not be rightly called the ‘lazy’ photographer at all! Love these recent shots of yours. Like that the diversity of your subjects and your fun with things like the Machine–now there’s a figurative and literal concept that’s in aboundance of late! Eegads!
    Hi–keep on shooting!

  2. aswirly says:

    This sounds like quite the place. Now I wanna go. Looks like a cool place too.

  3. uncoveringyou says:

    good grief..haven’t been there in EONS!! great capture of the insanity of a mall lol

    • davecandoit says:

      And it was insane at that. What’s odd is I’m used to going there to shop and whatever, but with my camera and looking for photographic opportunities I felt like an outsider. All these people walking around purposefully while I meandered through the crowd looking at them as subjects. It was an odd experience.

  4. Brings back memories of waiting for my wife and her friends when visiting Toronto to see the Phantom of the Opera back in the ’90’s.

    • davecandoit says:

      I remember the old Eaton’s Department Store with the Woolworth’s Store right on the corner of Yonge and Queen back when I was a kid. If you’ve ever seen the classic “A Christmas Story” movie, the scene where the kids meet the department store Santa could have been shot at the old Eaton’s Store. The similarities are uncanny. It was actually shot at Higbee’s Department Store in Cleveland Ohio, as was most of the film. Oddly, for Ralphie’s school they used schools in Lindsay Ontario and St. Catherines Ontario.

  5. y says:

    what a lovely shot. sometimes, these types of shots feel too crowded, but i think this particular composite works very well.

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