Apologies for the late post today- this is what I get for not double checking scheduled posts the day before. A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme day for October is Abandoned. And since I started this blog on the 19th of September back in 2013, today marks the end of three years of this photoblog, and the beginning of Year Four.
A number of you follow Linda's blog. She sent a period photograph to me a good while back, and this is it. This is Rideau Street in what appears to be the 1950s, at the intersection of Mosgrove Street. That puzzled me at first- I've never heard of a Mosgrove Street. The Ogilvy's in the pic gave the location away. It was down the street, east from where this shot was taken, and things look quite different now. Mosgrove Street, as it turns out, was a short street that no longer exists, long since swallowed up by the Rideau Centre and the Bay. You can see past and present versions of the view north onto Mosgrove at that link.
This is the view east today, above where the intersection once stood, on the pedestrian bridge linking the Hudson's Bay store on the left to the Rideau Centre on the right. The Rideau Centre has had a large expansion recently opened, hence the very modern glass wall now standing where there was a parking lot. The old Ogilvy's building's facade has been incorporated into it.
Here's the view from the street.
Mosgrove Street would have ended where this glass wall is now- the Bay enveloped the street itself. The heart you see on the sidewalk was painted there around Canada Day.