Petrol storage facilities are still across the street.
Some of the early architecture was unpopular with many, not only for the brutalist designs, but the vast expanses between buildings, which was not viewed as suitable for the climate.
The Glendon campus became a bilingual liberal arts college led by Escott Reid, who envisaged it as a national institution to educate Canada's future leaders, a vision shared by Prime Minister Lester Pearson, who formally opened Glendon College in 1966.
The new Keele Campus was regarded as somewhat isolated, in a generally industrialized part of the city.
The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the two bodies and to perform institutional leadership.