|THEN : The Royal Ontario Museum in 1922. This side of the building, facing the west and "Philosopher's Walk" was the original facade of the building that opened to the public in 1914. The Avenue Road side, on the east, didn't open until 1933.|
|THEN : The original Royal Ontario Museum, October 15, 1929.|
|THEN : The first expansion to the Royal Ontario Museum opened to the public on October 12, 1933. Tour participants alre always divided as to what they think of the new crystal on Bloor Street, but believe it or not, reactions to this 1933 addition were equally divided. Some people complained that it was too new and fanciful, and not "institutional" enough to represent a provincial museum. It was too modern to be attached to the traditional 1914 structure. Does that sound familiar? This photograph dates from 1935.|
|NOW : The 1930s addition to the Royal Ontario Museum was the second phase of the building. Designed with a lot of imput from Charles Currelly, the first curator, it was just as controversial in its day as the big crystal on Bloor Street is today.|
|THEN : The Royal Ontario Museum's expansion in 1933. Charles Currelly hand picked some of the mottos and other design elements of this 1933 phase of the museum. It's said that he still likes to come back and admire his work ... even though he's been dead since 1957.|
|THEN : Looking south from Bloor Street in the 1930s. Note that this is before Avenue Road was widened, and you can see the Alexandra Gates in their original position. They were eventually moved to their current position, at the northern entrance to Philosopher's Walk. Named after Alexandra, the wife of King Edward VII, they were opened in October of 1910 by Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later known as King George V and Queen Mary).|
|THEN : A Chinese Tomb on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in 1933. Charles Currelly is said to haunt the display of Asian artefacts at the Royal Ontario Museum. These guardian lions are now on public display outside, on the east side of the Royal Ontario Museum building.|
|NOW : The same Asian lions that once stood inside the Royal Ontario Museum now "guard" the eastern side of the building, facing Queen's Park Circle.|
|NOW : The tiled walls of "Museum" subway station.|
The foremost online authority on Toronto's ghost stories, the Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society, or TGHRS, just celebrated thirteen years of supplying ghostly information to people in Toronto and throughout Ontario.
Their website collects ghost stories from Toronto and across Ontario, and they are the oldest and best established internet based paranormal research group in Canada. They are the best resource for people who enjoy Toronto's ghost stories, and I just wanted to thank the two founders of the group, Matt and Sue, for their thirteen years of hard work. Have a happy and safe Hallowe'en, guys, and thanks for all of your dedication. For more information, please check out their link.
The Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society
Lastly, I'd like to thank everyone who has come out on my ghost tours, not only in the last three weeks, but in the last twelve years. It's been a pleasure for me to share some of Toronto's hidden secrets with you, and whether you're a believer or a sceptic, I hope that you've enjoyed yourself! Have a fun and safe Hallowe'en, everybody!