Seeing “Then and Now” images side by side puts into perspective just how much Oshawa has changed in the last 100 years. Once again, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery teamed up with the Oshawa Senior Citizens’ Camera Club to examine the evolution of Oshawa—this time focusing on the Four Corners. Using historical images from the Thomas Bouckley Collection as a starting point, members of the club photographed the Four Corners as it appears today.
The intersection of King and Simcoe Streets, known as “The Four Corners”, has always been the undisputed center of Oshawa. From its humble beginnings as a small settlement community to becoming the 14th largest metropolitan area in Canada, Oshawa grew out of the Four Corners to become what it is today. As Oshawa branched out, expanding and growing on all sides, the heart of the downtown remained the Four Corners. The Thomas Bouckley Collection and Oshawa Seniors’ Camera Club’s photos show the transition of the downtown, and the revitalization it is currently undergoing.