Banner photo is of Berkeley St looking north from Esplanade in 1907. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. When first laid out in the late 18th century, Berkeley formed the eastern border of the city. During this period, however, it was a good deal shorter than the street we know today, running just a short distance […]Read more "Berkeley Street"
Banner photo is of Sherbourne and Queen looking west on May 4th, 1917. From the City of Toronto Archives. I grew up in the west end of the city – almost smack dab between Dundas West and Lansdowne, near Bloor St. If you know the area, I wonder what you think when you hear those […]Read more "Moss Park"
Banner photo is of Marty the Millionaire’s at Parliament and Queen in 2016. Photo by K Taylor. Not that long ago there was a small group of men that most Torontonians were on a first name basis with. There was Sam, Ed and Marty and their stores were as individual as the men themselves. If […]Read more "Marty the Millionaire’s"
Banner photo is of 131 Church in 2013. Photo by K Taylor. Long before Church St. became synonymous with pawn shops and camera stores, or even churches, it was the idyllic country estate of John McGill, the last Lieutenant of the County of York. McGill built his cottage here in 1803 when the land was […]Read more "Church and Queen – Before the Dawn of Pawn"
Banner photo is of 237-243 Queen St E in 2013. Photo by K Taylor. Distracted by the prospect of a hot sandwich at the Schnitzel Queen – and who wouldn’t be – you could almost miss the curious building that houses the restaurant and the neighbouring beauty supply. Nestled between Sherbourne and a little alley […]Read more "McFarren’s Flour and Feed – Sherbourne and Queen"