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A Little Bit of History

The CN Rail Police Station, housed at 453 Cherry Street in East end Toronto, was once a CP Rail building. Built in the 1920s, it originally had the rail line coming right up to its large barn-size sliding doors in the back.

Located off Cherry St., just south of Eastern Avenue, the building is just a 10-minute drive from downtown Toronto and is accessible by the Pape bus that regularly comes down to the Distillery District.

In the 60s, the building was converted into an office space and remained that way until the late 90s when it became one of Toronto's busiest film locations. Even though the building has been used for over a hundred different projects since then, it has managed to retain its original heritage exterior and the interior has become a mishmosh of styles and flavours, from the 20s to the present.

If you look closely, you may recognize the building in the most recent movie version of Chicago with Richard Gere and in the movie Assault on Precinct 13.

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