Walking by the old Sam the Record Man location on Yonge Street on the weekend I noticed the the double record sign facade has been finally taken down (the neon has been removed for a while) revealing the original building below. It was such a cavernous store, and so thoroughly renovated and re-renovated (in a particularly unrenovated-looking style inside), it was a surprise to see hiding underneath is a fairly standard Second Empire building, quite common along Yonge Street. The front windows have been bricked up and the dormers on the left have been sheered off and covered with sheet metal. It’s quite rough, but compelling. A brief vision of old Yonge Street half-preserved, half-decayed. Compare with the Sam’s we knew better, below.
Bottom photo by ocad123.