An exterior view of the one-time Bank of Commerce at 197 Yong St., Toronto. Says developer Gary Switzer, 'Anybody that grew up here, they know that Queen and Yonge was the crossroads - it wasn't Bloor and Yonge. You look at any of those old photographs from the 20s and 30s, you can't even see the sidewalk it's so crowded.' (Dustin Rabin/Dustin Rabin)
Old dentist's office, second floor. Note the 1950s sink with original faucet and taps (Dustin Rabin/Dustin Rabin)
Offices on the second floor are 'creepy in a Blair Witch kind of way,' says Gary Switzer (Dustin Rabin)
Ruins of a fireplace on the third floor. Note the rat trap: 'I have been told, particularly in the basement, there is a rat problem,' says Mr. Switzer. (Dustin Rabin)
Looking out the dirty, double-hung windows on the third floor at advertisements on the Eaton Centre. (Dustin Rabin)
Plaster ceiling above offices on first floor. Says architecture history professor Shannon Kyles: 'You will never find craftsmanship like this again.' (Dustin Rabin)
Detail of interior woodwork (curved pediment and Ionic columns.) (Dustin Rabin)
Detail of mosaic tile found under vinyl floor. (Dustin Rabin)
One storey banking hall that was gutted. It will be demolished to make way for the condo tower. (Dustin Rabin)
Detail of tiny vintage water fountain in the one storey banking hall. (Dustin Rabin)
Gary Switzer studies the well-preserved carved woodwork. 'There's a lot of old buildings that were demolished in Toronto I wouldn't mind rebuilding, like the old post office on Adelaide,' he muses. (Dustin Rabin)
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