Throwback Thursday: PANAMANIA at Nathan Phillips Square

This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us to come back six years, to concentrating on Toronto was celebrating the beginning of the  2015 Pan Casual Games. In July, 2015, Nathan Phillips Square and some other Toronto landmarks had been altered for PANAMANIA , with new attractions and theming added to celebrate the arrival of the Pan Am flame and opening ceremonies. A view facing north across the square was centred on the TORONTO sign, which was intended to be a temporary installation to be taken down after the games’ conclusion.

Throwback Thursday, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto sign, Ontario Court of Justice Looking north across Nathan Phillips Square, July, 2015, image by Marc Mitanis

A similar angle from 2021 shows that the TORONTO sign is a continued presence in the square, having been maintained and refurbished in response to overwhelming popularity, and replaced in September, 2020 with a permanent version. A maple leaf and medicine wheel now flank the letters of the LED installation. In the background, two prominent additions to the skyline are visible. Left of centre, the new Ontario Court of Justice Toronto is topped out at 17 storeys, while The Residences of 488 University Avenue can be seen at the far left, standing 55 storeys tall and completed in 2020.

Throwback Thursday, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto sign, Ontario Court of Justice Looking north across Nathan Phillips Square, July, 2021, image by Forum contributor Rascacielo

We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto. In the meantime, you can submit your own Throwback Thursday comparisons in our dedicated  Forum thread  for your chance to be featured in next week’s edition.

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