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Then and Now shares historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events and connects them to their significance today. They are made possible through the continued support of Georgian International as part of our Community Leaders Program.


<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Collier St. home housed notable residents

THEN AND NOW: Collier St. home housed notable residents

Victorian mansion designed by Barrie architect Thomas Kennedy in 1880s
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Not much has changed for Foxley

THEN AND NOW: Not much has changed for Foxley

Blake Street home, known as Foxley, serves as a bed and breakfast, but has also maintained its look from Day 1
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Claireaux home on High St. described as 'tasty abode'

THEN AND NOW: Claireaux home on High St. described as 'tasty abode'

When the Sprys lived in the distinctive home at 52 High St., it would have been perfect for their large family
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Despite some modifications, Collier St. home retains its charm and character

THEN AND NOW: Despite some modifications, Collier St. home retains its charm and character

The home at 166 Collier St., which possibly dates back to the late 1870s, the setting for both weddings and funerals over the years
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> By all accounts, Barrie's banking history dates back to early 1800s

THEN AND NOW: By all accounts, Barrie's banking history dates back to early 1800s

Canadian Bank of Commerce built imposing branch on Dunlop Street East in 1914, but 'stately' building was demolished in the 1970s
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Minesing Methodist Church marks 125 years

THEN AND NOW: Minesing Methodist Church marks 125 years

Masonry work on English Gothic style church, designed by Eustace Bird, began in July 1896 and opening services followed on Jan. 17, 1897
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> George Vickers Store was — and remains — an architectural gem

THEN AND NOW: George Vickers Store was — and remains — an architectural gem

Building on bustling Barrie block has what's considered one of the best facades in the city
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Barrie's Queen's Park has history as community hub

THEN AND NOW: Barrie's Queen's Park has history as community hub

Archibald Thomson donated six acres of land, which would become Queen's Park, to town in 1867
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Downtown's Ardagh Cottages originally built by one of Barrie's early mayors

THEN AND NOW: Downtown's Ardagh Cottages originally built by one of Barrie's early mayors

Located not far from Barrie City Hall, row of rental properties being demolished to make way for residential tower
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Looking back at Holly United Church

THEN AND NOW: Looking back at Holly United Church

A busy hub in the community in its time, the last service at Holly United Church was held in 1972