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Photo and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2011
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Photo from the Toronto Archives - Posted February, 2014
On Queens Quay West across from York Street on the outside of the Pier 6 building is a Toronto Harbour Commission plaque. Here's what it says:
Coordinates: 43.639767 -79.380130
Pier 6 is the oldest surviving building on Toronto's present waterfront. Its steep roof and deep eaves, cargo doors, and classical detailing are characteristic of the port's freight sheds around the turn of the century. Built in 1907 as part of a ferry terminal complex near the corner of Yonge Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, it was cut in half and relocated to the York Street slip in 1922 soon after the original site was reclaimed. It then served as a shed and garage until 1953, when it was refurbished to become the Royal Canadian Yacht Club's shore station.
Development pressures during the 1980's included plans to fill the north end of the York Street slip, and to remove the building. As a result of a joint effort by the Toronto Harbour Commission and the City of Toronto, the historic building was relocated to its newly reclaimed site in the spring of 1989. Completed in 1990, its renovation preserved a unique style of Toronto's waterfront architecture while accommodating a wide range of modern uses.
> Posted March 16, 2017
Does anyone know what year the old Pier 6 building burnt down? It should have been in the early 80s. I was working for Harbourfront Security the night it went up in flames. I don't remember if they ever found out the cause.
> Posted November 2, 2012
It would be appropriate to include a description of just what the Toronto Harbour Commission was, and its extraordinary longevity! [Editor's Response: Link now added. Thanks.]
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