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Vandalist: Body of Work

Or, does this building make my butt look big?

body of work

BY: Unknown
LOCATION: 158 Sterling Road
PHOTO BY: Catherine Solmes
FIELD NOTES: Gather round, kids, for a local history lesson. The art-deco Tower Automotive Building, which opened in 1919 at 158 Sterling Road, is believed to have been the tallest building in all of Canada until the Royal York Hotel opened in 1929. Furthermore, it was one of the first buildings in Canada to have an elevator. Today it sits in development limbo. Plans to turn it into a film studio and offices have fallen through, and now developers are proposing, for at least the second time, that it be turned into a mixed-use property (a fancy term for “condo,” we suspect). What we can ascertain with complete certainty is that, until development gets underway, Tower Automotive makes a wonderful canvas.

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