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Ghosts of past dissipated by crashing walls and tumbling partitions. Where the fitful flames of a hospitable fire roared on many a wintry evening at the old Queen's Hotel; the desecrating blow of the pick this morning sounded the death-knell of this historic hostel. Phoenix-like; a new and beautiful creation will rise fromthe ruins; but before that can take place; the walls and partitions of the old hotel must come crashing down; disturbing a thousand uneasy old ghosts of the past. One more landwark of early Toronto is passing from the sight of the present generation; as it will pass even from the memory of the generation to come. The Star photographer has caught above the workmen; unwilling playing the part of Vandal; who began to-day the first strokes of the tattoo that must bring the whole edifice to the ground. Open in full size

Ghosts of past dissipated by crashing walls and tumbling partitions. Where the fitful flames of a hospitable fire roared on many a wintry evening at the old Queen's Hotel; the desecrating blow of the pick this morning sounded the death-knell of this historic hostel. Phoenix-like; a new and beautiful creation will rise fromthe ruins; but before that can take place; the walls and partitions of the old hotel must come crashing down; disturbing a thousand uneasy old ghosts of the past. One more landwark of early Toronto is passing from the sight of the present generation; as it will pass even from the memory of the generation to come. The Star photographer has caught above the workmen; unwilling playing the part of Vandal; who began to-day the first strokes of the tattoo that must bring the whole edifice to the ground.

Picture, 1927, English

Ghosts of past dissipated by crashing walls and tumbling partitions. Where the fitful flames of a hospitable fire roared on many a wintry evening at the old Queen's Hotel; the desecrating blow of the pick this morning sounded the death-knell of this historic hostel. Phoenix-like; a new and beautiful creation will rise fromthe ruins; but before that can take place; the walls and partitions of the old hotel must come crashing down; disturbing a thousand uneasy old ghosts of the past. One more landwark of early Toronto is passing from the sight of the present generation; as it will pass even from the memory of the generation to come. The Star photographer has caught above the workmen; unwilling playing the part of Vandal; who began to-day the first strokes of the tattoo that must bring the whole edifice to the ground.

Picture, 1927, English

Rights and Licenses

Toronto Star License

Provenance

From the Toronto Star Archives

File Location:

Canada - Ontario - Toronto - Hotels and Motels - Queens

Branch

Toronto Reference Library

Location

Baldwin Collection

Branch

Toronto Reference Library

Location

Toronto Star Photo Archive

Call Number / Accession Number

tspa_0113509f