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Taken last Friday, June 14. My boss, David, set me up for an appointment, 10:30 am, at the Building Records of the City of Toronto.

After acquiring authorization from owners, we were granted to access all existing drawings of a 1903 former industrial complex at Toronto Junction. I went through a lot of ‘filmed’ hand-drawn architectural documents, dated post-1935.

It was an experience.

But after 3 hours, 80 bucks, and 100 drawings, only 1 copy was relevant for processing. The staff sympathized with me; they also laughed at life’s silly irony. I felt defeated, but there was something about going through all those figures, that I got a sense of the builder’s attitude, 80 years ago.

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