The last remnants of Etobicoke’s lakeshore motel strip were torn down this morning, and we were there to capture all the destruction in animated GIF form.
A faded Toronto landmark disappeared this morning, as the Beach Motel, one of the last remnants of Etobicoke’s once-famed lakeshore motel strip, was torn down. We sent local photographer and GIF blogger Kristian Noel Pedersen to capture the demolition.
Beach Motel was the last of the iconic motels that lined this strip during its ’50s and ’60s heyday, when this section of Etobicoke’s waterfront was a prime getaway location for families visiting the GTA. With names like the Seahorse, the Cruise Motel, the Rainbow, and the Sunnyside, the motels formed a bustling neighbourhood that included bars, dance halls, and drive-through burger joints.
Presiding over today’s demolition was Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes and Paul Golini, co-founder of Empire Communities, the company that is set to transform the area into, you guessed it, “one of Canada’s tallest and most iconic waterfront condominium communities.”