|College Subway Station - Interior|
In its day the Gardens had season ticket holders for loyal Toronto Maple Leaf fans and as I recalled ascending an escalator ride to the nosebleed section, it was still a thrill to be there! During Harold Ballards rein between 1972 and 1988, his son promoted the Gardens as an Entertainment venue and I still remember seeing Rush March 8, 1988! Other great acts were Elvis (1972), Abba, Van Halen, Aerosmith, the Who and the Stones.
On street level from the College Subway, you will find College Park, which is an historical building that now houses residences of the elite, government offices, and a main concourse with permanent tenants as Winners, Metro and Deboers Furniture. College Park was built in 6 months at a cost of 1.5 million dollars, owned by Timothy Eaton in 1928. Due to its historical value, the building is now protected under the Ontario Heritage Act (see my Rosedale link). Just being at College and Yonge you can't help but get caught up in the excitement of the busy pubs, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues along the Yonge strip!
This is how we compromise heritage with progress.