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Toronto's College & Spadina Has A History Of Music, Aviation & Murder

The Rolling Stones and Amelia Earhart go way back with this downtown neighbourhood.


Whether you frequented the area or just passed through it on your way to class, the intersection of College St. and Spadina Ave. has been a part of many Torontonians' lives and has a past that is unlike any other.

In this edition of Then&Now, we look back at an area that has had everything from a famous Rolling Stones concert to Amelia Earhart, to even one of Toronto's unsolved murders.

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College and Spadina has gone through many changes throughout its history, but one building, the old Knox College building at 1 Spadina Crescent - now The Daniels Building at the University of Toronto - has remained since its opening over 140 years ago.

This spot was also home to Toronto's Spadina Military Hospital, a place where Amelia Earhart volunteered, and during that time in Toronto, saw an airshow that would become a pivotal moment in her aviation career.

While many places would come and go over the years, including the iconic Silver Dollar Room, the intersection is emblematic of just how storied a history one intersection in Toronto can have.

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