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It’s Eaton’s to Me

Acrylic, mixed media and ink on birch cradleboard

24″ x 18″

It’s Eaton’s to Me” is named because I can never remember the name “Gaslight Plaza’.

Original construction started in 1911 and was completed in 1912 with an estimated cost of $100,000. It was the largest office building constructed before WWI.

Originally, Eaton’s Department Store began operation in 1927 under the management of Mr. G. Clash. Prior to the department store opening, it was recorded that the Dominion Bank inhabited the building in 1914. It was named after a W. Roper Hull from Calgary, Alberta. As the Hull Block, it contained an assortment of offices for lawyers, brokers, surveyors and doctors, as well as apartments.

I use to love going to Eaton’s.

The front counters on the main floor and displays of retail goods were modeled after English department store designs. I felt a special excitement and tingle to be able to browse the counters full of the newest make-up shades and jewelry on the main floor. I remember in the late 80’s purchasing a copper colored lipstick made by Revlon. Copper, gold and bronze shades are now back in style toda in 2015! When I bought something small from Eaton’s, I felt like I had won a prize with the most up-to-date fashion accessories.

Eaton’s closed its doors in 1991.

Historical Information courtesy of the Esplanade Archives

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