Time and Place: Toronto, 1971 /
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Church & Wellesley: Photos
List of images -- including a map
This page lists 35 photographs -- and one map -- giving a visual sense of the Church & Wellesley neighbourhood. Most images are grouped thematically, with three to six shots on a page -- as you'll see in the list of links below.
The first three pages (after the map page) show different building forms, basically in chronological order: houses (all 19th century); early apartment buildings (1909 to 1932); and modern apartment towers (1954 to the 1990s, with some Victorian neighbours). The next shows the four corners of Church and Wellesley Streets themselves.
After that there are pages on three projects marking significant moments in the area's development: City Park (1954); the Village Green (1966); and the Churwell Centre (1984). And finally, there's a page of random shots.
I took all these photos in July 1997, beginning about two weeks after Toronto's Lesbian and Gay Pride celebrations -- now among the biggest in the world. There are many rainbow flags in these shots (though most are too small to be seen well); some mark the occasion, but many are permanent fixtures.
Each page has related commentary, generally about 500 to 700 words. Many dates and details come from Patricia McHugh's Toronto Architecture: A City Guide (McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, second edition 1989). The list shows the total size of each page in kilobytes.
You can view pages any way you want, but they make the best narrative sense if read in the order shown below. Pages have "previous" and "next" links to make that easy to do, without having to come back to this list.
Rick Bébout, August 1997
Church & Wellesley in context (51 K)
- Street map of the area
- Yonge Street, north from Carlton to Bloor, showing the former Westbury Hotel and the site of the late St. Charles Tavern
Houses (a few still homes) (97 K)
- Old houses, new neighbours: 585 - 595 Church (4-house row, 1867 - 1878); with Paxton Place, 1982, and a piece of the Maxwell and Sheila Apartments, 1917
- Second Empire duplex, 1878: 580 - 582 Church (Robert Simpson house); with 41 Dundonald, 1968
- Monteith Street, 1887 - 1888: 18-house row, north side of Cawthra Park
- The gentry on Jarvis, 1888 and 1889: Two (of a row of five) Victorian mansions, 504 and 506 Jarvis Street
Apartment life before the '50s (115 K)
- The Manhattan, 1909: 68 - 70 Charles Street East
- The Maitlands, 1911: 36 and 42 Maitland Street
- Redfern Court: 64 Wellesley East, circa 1920; with 41 Dundonald behind
- The Brownley, 1932: 40 - 42 Isabella Street
Toronto Modern (amid Victorian) (105 K)
Church & Wellesley's four corners (138 K)
- The gentry's names on Jarvis: Early '60s apartments named Cawthra (100 Gloucester), Mulock (105 Isabella) and Massey (550 Jarvis); with Charles Rundle house, 1889. Also 590 Jarvis (former police HQ); and Skypro Apartments, 620 Jarvis
- From the 1880s to the 1970s: 551 Church Street; a piece of Cawthra Park; Plaza 100 behind, at 100 Wellesley East
- Brutes on the skyline: 33 Isabella; 30 Gloucester; 15 Dundonald
- Height for heritage: 1890 houses on Church, now Grace MacInnis Co-op; with 86 and 100 Gloucester
- Southwest: The Churwell Centre and (slightly) beyond
- Northwest: Novack's drugs, Ernie's Barbershop, and the Devon Restaurant; with 41 Dundonald behind
- Southeast, along Wellesley: The Caribbean and Lincoln apartment blocks; 77 Wellesley Street East
- Southeast, along Church: 77 Wellesley East (The Body Shop and Bar 501, among others, on Church Street side); offices of Xtra and Pink Triangle Press
- Northeast, along Church: 19th-century block with street-level retail; Dudley Hardware, 519 Church Street Community Centre, and 86 Gloucester beyond
- Northeast, along Wellesley: South side of 19th-century block; The Castellana, The Wessex, and Plaza 100 (80, 88, and 100 Wellesley East); with Wellesley Central Hospital and St. James Town in the distance
City Park and its neighbours (85 K)
- View along Wood Street: 484 Church, 51 and 31 Alexander; with (a bit of) Maple Leaf Gardens
- Queens' Palace; Jock Heaven: Backsides of 484 Church and Maple Leaf Gardens
- Newer neighbours: 25 and 33 Wood Street; 31 Alexander Street
Ville radieuse (reined in): The Village Green (96 K)
- View from Church and Alexander Streets: 40 and 50 Alexander; 500 Church
- (Barely) surviving streetscape: Pints, 518 Church Street, with Village Green behind
- The green of the Village Green: Park and pool between 40 Alexander and 55 Maitland
The Churwell Centre: Home of The Steps (111 K)
- North building: View from 2nd floor office of Xtra, across Church Street
- The Steps: Street-level view, looking south
- Lane between north and south buildings: Toby's restaurant; 55 Wellesley East; and the Orthopedic and Arthritic Hospital
- South building: Set back apartments; the Spa on Maitland; Village Green behind
Some random shots (125 K)
- Four generations on Isabella: 38, 40 - 42, 48, and 66 Isabella, dating from the late 19th century to the early 1970s
- Old buildings, new uses (two images): 471 south to 457 Church Street, including Woody's, Sailor, Priape, the Black Eagle, and the Bulldog.
- 519 Church Street Community Centre, Cawthra Park
- The AIDS Memorial (two images), Cawthra Park
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