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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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Unknown user I'd like to visit this place just for the stairs.

Apr 25 2012  • 0 like(s)

sQualie Here's a real update... The trailers on the south end of the property (on the No Frills side of the overpass) are there for the construction happening just up the road on Eglinton. Building 9 has not changed much since my previous visit 1 yr ago and the ruins of the other buildings are pretty much the same as well. Doesn't look like its going anywhere anytime soon :)

Apr 07 2012  • 0 like(s)

mobileworks They had the name and made the first digital camera, but failed to realize its potential until it was too late.

Mar 31 2012  • 0 like(s)

vitalfilms Re: "that-girl" Yes the basement definitely has both mold and asbestos everywhere! Be careful what you touch and move down there!

Jan 02 2012  • 0 like(s)

that-girl PS. flashlights are a must!

Jan 02 2012  • 0 like(s)

that-girl BTW, me and my friends scowered the whole building pretty much and would like to say that if you go into the basement be forewarned that there is a disgusting odor... We saw what looked like janitor buckets filled with old dirty water, the basement could quite possibly be infested with mould

Jan 02 2012  • 0 like(s)

that-girl Went to this place with some friends it was pretty cool... The graffiti'd walls were quite interesting to say the least, definitely looks like many people come to hang out at this place

Jan 02 2012  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user went to kodak a couple weeks ago, kinda sketchy. beware of squatters.

Dec 27 2011  • 0 like(s)

vitalfilms My first visit to the Kodak building. It was.....well ...trashed ahahahlol.....but still exciting and interesting to check out. All my photos of this place were shot with, Kodak Max400 film. More pics can be viewed on my flickr account.

Feb 09 2011  • 0 like(s)

tyrann Drove by the site on Friday. The building is still there, just as it is in my photos. Very cool still, but the basement is still super sketchy. Bring a flashlight for sure, no matter what time of day you go.

Jul 25 2010  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user Building #9, the one showcased in all the photos above is still accessible. It's pretty gross in thr first two or 3 rooms leading to the main stairwell but totally worth it to venture through.

Jul 08 2010  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user I've been to this location a few times, and each time it's amazing. BUT, did anyone else get some weird noises on the staircase between the 2-3 floors? We thought for sure we heard someone upstairs, but we searched- and nothing- no animals, no people- it was weird. This place is fully tagged now- really sad- but I guess that's what happens. I also have found that there were increased s

Dec 12 2009  • 0 like(s)