Banner photo is of King St E, looking west from Jarvis, 1868 – Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library. On the north side of King St E, at Jarvis, stands a building which has been watching Toronto’s progress since the late 1840s. Once part of a clutch of early commercial buildings which sat just east […]Read more "The Boot and Shoe Men of 142 King St E"
Banner image is of King St looking east from west of Leader Lane, 1847. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. The history of ophthalmology in Toronto is quite an interesting one, if not a particularly long one. As with a number of other medical specialists in the early 19th century, there weren’t a whole lot of […]Read more "Sign of the Eye: The Story of Dr. Cadwell"
Banner imagine is of Jordan St, looking north from Melinda to King, in 1907. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. In our last visits to Jordan and Melinda, we first met the streets in the 1830s as they emerged from the once private land of an American named John Van Zant, and watched as they grew […]Read more "Jordan and Melinda: In the End"
Banner image is of the north-east corner of Melinda and Jordan, circa 1858. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. When last we left Jordan, in the late 1830s, the young street had begun to see some development. Carved from a lot belonging to Jordan Post, it soon became home to a number of tradesmen, as well […]Read more "Jordan and Melinda Continued"
Banner image is of Melinda St looking west to Bay, circa 1910. Courtesy of Toronto City Archives. Street-wise, the Financial District (as we now know it) is much as it was when first laid out as New Town in the late 1790s. It is where the famed Toronto grid is sparest and, to my mind, […]Read more "Jordan and Melinda: In The Beginning"