Heritage in Midtown

For the past few years the City of Toronto Planning Staff have been working with the local community of Yonge and Eglinton on a study called Midtown in Focus. An important component of the study has been to look at the heritage buildings on our main streets.

In August, Heritage Preservation Services released a report that has proposed to add 258 addresses on the Main Streets of Midtown as listings to the Heritage Registry. Approximately 70% of these addresses fall on the Main Streets of Yonge St, Mount Pleasant Rd, Bayview Ave, and Eglinton Ave in SERRA’s catchment south of Eglinton. The size and scope of the listings is unprecedented. After the surprise demolition of the BMO bank on Yonge St last winter, the City felt a need to take new proactive approach to screening for heritage properties. A heritage “listing” status is a first stage of heritage protection and is not as extensive as a “designation”. A heritage “listing” status will trigger an alert if a demolition permit is requested for a building on a main street. This alert system gives the City sixty days to determine a heritage designation.

The Heritage Preservation Services report has been approved by the Heritage Preservation Board, the Planning and Growth Committee, and finally by City Council on October 3, 2017.


Feb 4, 2018 Update: More than 100 people attended the community meeting to share ideas on how to save the Regent Theatre. Thanks to Councillor Matlow for taking the lead on this important initiative and for his support. Click here to read the Streeter.ca article about the community meeting. We will share more information once it is made available. Click here to read the CBC Toronto news article from January 22, 2018. The Regent Theatre on … Read moreSAVE THE REGENT THEATRE

129-year old house on Balliol St. is threatened!

The rare “Ontario Cottage” style house at 505 Balliol St. was built about 1888. It appears on an 1890 map of the Davisville area. This house served as a neighbourhood grocery store and post office until the 1950s. Local children would frequent the store for candy and Popsicles. A Coca-Cola sign remained in the front bay window until the 1970s. Despite being one of the oldest existing houses in the Davisville area, it is under threat … Read more129-year old house on Balliol St. is threatened!

1890 Fire Insurance Map of the Davisville Area

Yonge Street is to the left with a cluster of buildings of the village of Davisville. The purple circle is around Davisville school. The blue line is where Tullis Dr is now on top of Mud Creek. It appears that today’s short block of Glebe Road is all that remains of the original Glebe Road that went thru the Clergy Reserve. The yellow line is along the Toronto Beltline Railway which is today the Beltline … Read more1890 Fire Insurance Map of the Davisville Area

The North Toronto Historical Society – Guest Speaker Series

The North Toronto Historical Society has guest speakers every month. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd., 2nd Floor.   Please click here for details as dates and events may change. 2018 Talks: The North Toronto Historical Society and Northern District Library cosponsor the following talks: February 28, 2018 – York County Archaeology and the Underground Railway March 28, 2018 – Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922) Canada’s Darling Poet … Read moreThe North Toronto Historical Society – Guest Speaker Series