Here what the island looked like in 1962…..
Only three highrises — the first, Belle Tower, seven floors and 46 units, a classic built in 1958. Two others were completed in 1962. Terrace Tower, at 3 Island Avenue, is 12 floors and 140 units. The biggest of Belle Isle was Belle Plaza, 15 floors and 226 units, originally a a luxury apartment house.
You can see the last few estates on the south side of Belle Isle Park, including the Penney Estate where Nine Island was built in 1981. You also get a good look at the old DiLido Spa, now the Standard Hotel, and the hotel where the Grand Venetian now stands at the southeast corner of the island.
Only 13 years later, the island had much more development….
The open tract, highlighted in pen (don’t know who did that), is the Penney Estate. Also note the undeveloped land that became Sunset Harbour. In this photo, that land looks prepped for development.