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Then and Now

THEN & NOW: St. Vincent Park

THEN & NOW: St. Vincent Park

East-end Barrie park was used for camping beginning in the 1920s and was also once the site of a speedboat regatta in the 1940s
THEN & NOW: Barrie Milling Co.

THEN & NOW: Barrie Milling Co.

Hints of the mill’s former life can still be seen in the painted-over brickwork at the front of the building, as well as in the old windows and possible loading docks at the back
THEN & NOW: General Electric building

THEN & NOW: General Electric building

The first electric blankets made in Canada were produced at the Barrie plant on Bradford Street
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Glebe Block

THEN AND NOW: Glebe Block

This parcel of land had been allocated as a glebe for the Anglican Church in 1836
THEN & NOW: 16 Dunlop St. E.

THEN & NOW: 16 Dunlop St. E.

From furniture to grocery stores, banks to nightclubs, this building has served many purposes over the decades
THEN & NOW: Minet's Point

THEN & NOW: Minet's Point

In the 1890s, there was talk of an electric rail line that would run from Minet's Point around the bay to St. Vincent Park
THEN & NOW: The Boys Block

THEN & NOW: The Boys Block

Businesses that have occupied this downtown Barrie block over the decades include everything from seed stores to printers and hobby shops to billiard halls
THEN & NOW: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

THEN & NOW: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

The Owen Street church, considered to be rather elaborate in design these days, was thought to be quite plain back in the 1880s
THEN & NOW: Barrie Public Library

THEN & NOW: Barrie Public Library

The origins of Barrie's public library can be traced back to 1844 and the Mechanics' Institute
THEN & NOW: Barrie Jail

THEN & NOW: Barrie Jail

Known as the 'Barrie Bucket' and where five people were executed, the downtown jail closed its doors to prisoners in 2001