Toronto. Last weekend saw the last remaining building at the old Kodak Heights carefully moved a couple of hundred feet to allow Metrolinx to build a new foundation. CBC also showed the move which used special electrical trucks and wheels moving a slow eight inches per minute.
The new foundation will become the St Dennis station on the Eglinton LRT. Once built, the building will travel back over the new foundation to become part of the Mt Dennis station.
When Kodak lost out to the digital revolution, all but building #9 housing the auditorium, museum and front entrance, were demolished. Building #9 suffered graffiti and internal damage. It was totally gutted before being moved this August.
The building #9 was meaningful to the PHSC. On October 6, 1999 we celebrated PHSC’s 25th anniversary there as guests of Kodak Canada. As part of the celebration, we viewed the recent museum added to the building as part of Kodak Canada’s centennial. On display were many of the cameras manufactured/assembled in Kodak Heights.
The late Larry Boccioletti of the PHSC had assisted Bonnie Chapman in identifying and tagging many of the cameras for Kodak. We also saw the auditorium, celebrated with cake and coffee and had our photo taken with a new professional digital camera linked directly to a computer. Our journal Photographic Canadiana 25-3 had a photo essay of the event.