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Kodak (Eastman Kodak)


Discovered by hi-lite
Created Jan 20 2009
Recent status Under Construction
Category Industrial
City Toronto, Ontario
Location # 502
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The last remaining building of the Eastman Kodak company complex off of Eglinton Ave. The 4 story office structure has various rooms that are semi-lit through the large windows, serving as an employee building it contains a gymnasium. The Toronto complex has been owned and operated by Kodak since 1913 until it closed down in 2006.

Other interesting features...

  • Rooftop + elevator room
  • Grand staircase
  • lots of graffiti

Update by sQualie If you're planning to hit the basement, I strongly recommend bringing a P100 or at the very least an N95 mask. Rubber boots aren't really necessary if you have waterproof shoes but it's mushy down there and in what used to be the back kitchen and, what I assume was a cafeteria area.

*Update by sykocatgirl 7/7/13 Update on Kodak Eastman. I know the actual listing is for full members only, so I hid the address. Went there today, had about 5 minutes to take pictures before 2 security guys drove up to us and told us we can't be there.. Police is stationed at the No Frills mall until 5pm..then Security guys start their shift. We got a warning, but I think that once it gets dark, the cops would be called. These 2 looked pretty ticked off.. Lots of ways to get into lot, not the building. but security is top notch, so be careful.

**Update by NGTOne May 6, 2016 **

Kodak Heights: One of Toronto's best-known abandonments, and a real piece of the city's history. Built in the 1930s when film photography was the only way to do things, the Heights (also known as Mount Dennis) drove the development of the Weston/Eglinton area from a rural community into a large working-class neighbourhood. Employment at the plant peaked in the 1970s at some 3,000 workers, but that was down to about 800 by the time the plant finally closed in 2005. A couple of years later, in 2007, the majority of the campus was demolished, leaving only Building 9 (the employee building) standing in the middle of an empty field (more like an urban swamp these days). Since then, the property has been purchased by Metrolinx (the operators of GO Transit), with the eventual intent of using it (including the old building) as a regional transit hub.

Today, Building 9 is heavily boarded up, with all ground-level accesses blocked off. What this results in is that both the basement and ground floor are completely pitch-black, as is the main staircase. Rather expectedly, there's all sorts of interesting graffiti, both inside and out, but there isn't a heck of a lot else left. There are some office furnishings and lockers in the basement (plus a smashed urinal inhabited by a rather noisy cricket), and a few other bits and bobs littering the first floor. Upstairs, you'll find the gymnatorium (complete with faded basketball court markings) and some of the old darkrooms. One of the classic elements of the building, the grand staircase on the main floor, sits in pitch darkness, but is still gorgeous (though nothing like its former glory).

When visiting Building 9, keep your eyes open for raccoons (I had a run-in with a shy one on the main floor), since they're able to traverse gaps in the boards that humans can't (or they just took the same way in I did). The basement also has some issues with air quality - when it rains, the institutional carpeting on the floor turns into what is essentially a very thick, sticky mud (which may or may not release chemicals into the air when you step on it), and I thought I smelled some mould as well. I also suspect that there's security-company visitors every so often - I spotted a car elsewhere on the property while I was on the roof.

**Update by Whatwouldsatando April 1, 2017 ** Construction workers lifted the building onto steel rails and moved it 60 metres to save it from being demolished. Check the Toronto Star article to watch the timelapse. It will supposedly be repurposed as an LRT station. I have also included a link to the PDF outlining the future plans.

Latlng: (43.688062, -79.48684)


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vern_godlittle It's on stilts now as mentioned in the description... Would be cool to see what it looks like in 10 years. I'm surprised they kept it to be honest.

Apr 24 2017  • 0 like(s)

crazycarclub Renovations have begun. Yet somehow no one was around Saturday afternoon and a poe was easily found. Gotta love it.

Feb 17 2014  • 0 like(s)

Miche Thanks! *doing a little dance*

Oct 29 2013  • 0 like(s)

timekeeper congrats Miche!

Oct 28 2013  • 0 like(s)

Miche Finally conquered!!! My day was made!

Oct 28 2013  • 0 like(s)

DIIV That's crazy! Definitely didn't think there were that many. Gotta get to this place even more now.

Oct 25 2013  • 0 like(s)

trailblazer519 There was a segment on ctv news this week about all the abandonments in Toronto, there's like 5000. They showed this kodak #9 building. The fire departments are inspecting them all and rating their danger levels and will be sealing them up until their fates are determined.

Oct 24 2013  • 0 like(s)

DIIV Security was parked right out front of the building at 3am on a Thursday.

Oct 24 2013  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user The POE is still open, but the security make it hard to get in

Oct 19 2013  • 0 like(s)

missdollanganger seems like this place goes from closed to open so often i can never really decide whether or not i wanna make the trip out and take the chance :(

Oct 16 2013  • 0 like(s)

Jacobite49 Good getting in there folks. I used to live around the corner from the building and remember when they shut down.

Oct 01 2013  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user The security is becoming more numerous, I got caught, don't let it happen to you

Jul 20 2013  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user Security was there this past weekend parked on site right by the stairs leading from Eglinton.

Jul 16 2013  • 0 like(s)

UnLeashed_Photography My husband about pi$$ed himself in the basement when we saw a huge raccoon run by. All I could do was laugh and laugh.....At him.

Apr 13 2013  • 0 like(s)

UnLeashed_Photography Def one of my fav locations!

Apr 12 2013  • 0 like(s)