Remembering the King Edward Hotel: May 11: Snapshots in History

May 13, 2017 | John P.

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On May 11 and beyond, take a moment to celebrate the beginning of one of Toronto’s early twentieth century landmarks, the King Edward Hotel. The hotel was designed by Toronto architect Edward James Lennox (1855-1933) and Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb (1859-1931) for the Toronto Hotel Company owned by Toronto...

Remembering the 1890 Fire at the University of Toronto: February 14: Snapshots in History

February 16, 2017 | John P.

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University College; Interior, Convocation Hall. [1890?] (Credit: Toronto Reference Library, Baldwin Collection E 3-17a; Rights and Licenses: Public Domain) University College at the University of Toronto was designed by architects Frederic Cumberland and William Storm. Using Cambridge and Oxford Universities in England as an inspiration, the building was designed in...

Remembering the Abolition of the Toll Gates of York County: December 31: Snapshots in History

December 31, 2016 | John P.

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On December 31 and beyond, take a moment to delve back into history to the time when the toll gates were abolished in York County (including the Toronto Area) on December 31, 1896. Road tolls began in the town of York (Toronto’s forerunner) in 1820 as a means to build...

Celebrating the Princes' Gates at the CNE: August 30: Snapshots in History

August 30, 2016 | John P.

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(Credit: Prince of Wales and group at the CNE, 1927 – Toronto Archives – William James family fonds - Fonds 1244 – Item 1018A) (Credit: C.N.E., Prince's Gate, Prince of Wales cutting ribbon, August 30, 1927 – Toronto Archives – Globe and Mail fonds - Fonds 1266, Item 11384) (Credit:...

Toronto Local History Collections in Toronto Public Library

March 2, 2015 | Barbara Myrvold

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Toronto local history collections are provided in more than 30 branches of the Toronto Public Library. The collections include materials of historical significance about a specific geographic area. This could be the Toronto neighbourhood(s) served by the local branch library; an historic community, such as an annexed municipality; or the...

Researching Historic Buildings in Toronto

March 26, 2014 | Katherine

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This post by Cynthia was previously published in the Toronto Reference Library Blog. Researching old buildings in Toronto can be extremely interesting but also extremely frustrating. Often people come to the library to begin their research. Here are some online sites to use before you come to the Toronto Reference...

Oh Dear! Art that Pushes the Boundaries

July 23, 2013 | Stacey

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This July and August, a project involving seven art installations located in and around North York Central Library celebrates North York and invites participation from local residents. Oh dear: public art that unhinges North York’s sense of modesty features works based on the artists’ lives growing up, living, and/or working...

Jane's walks this weekend!

Jane’s Walks will be held on May 4 and 5 in almost every neighbourhood in Toronto, as well as in many other Canadian centres and countries around the world. Named to honour writer and civic activist Jane Jacobs, several Toronto walks feature Toronto Public Library branches, including: Layers of Leaside...

Toronto Public Library helps celebrate Leaside 100

Reception for returned troops, 1919 The Leaside neighbourhood is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It was incorporated as a town by an act of the provincial legislature passed on April 23, 1913. The centennial festivities include an archival exhibit, the Layers of Leaside, that explores the area’s cultural landscape...

Historical Walking Tour of North York Centre, Saturday, September 15, 2012, 10:30 to noon

September 12, 2012 | Barbara Myrvold

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You are invited to join me and other library staff, along with our partners in the North York Historical Society, the North York Community Preservation Panel and Gibson House Museum, for an historical walking tour of the North York Centre neighbourhood. North York Central Library, 1987 Meet us at 10:30...