14 Gwynne Ave home of J J Wright, Street Lights, Electric Street cars and Public or Private Utilities, updated.

J J Wright was a leader in Canada’s electric industry. He lived in Parkdale during a dynamic period, leaving us with contested histories. His sight line to the lake was broken by tall buildings.  Contending opinions with sources are offered. Comments are very welcome.

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7 Responses to 14 Gwynne Ave home of J J Wright, Street Lights, Electric Street cars and Public or Private Utilities, updated.

  1. Carolyn says:

    Thanks for all your hard work, Jack

  2. Carolyn says:

    Most interesting! Thanks, Jack.

  3. Mike Filey says:

    It was 1975 the intro of the proposed new streetcar for the TTC’s aging PCC fleet. The mock-up of the CLRV car developed by the UTDC was also in the dome. hose were interesting years at the CNE, not like today. Mike

    On 9/29/2016 10:54 AM, Mike Filey wrote:
    > Fascinating compilation about a fascinating man. I met JJ’s elderly daughters (who lived in Terra Cotta at the time) when I worked at the CNE (1974-1979) and they loaned the Ex a silver tea service given to their father for all his experimental work with electricity including the Toronto Industrial Exhibition’s electric train especially the 1885 version that used the underuning trolley pole. We displayed the gift at a luncheon to celebrate Wright’s experiments. I also recall we built a “replica” of the Wright-Van de Poele experimental car for the 1975 edition of the Fair. It was on display in a large dome in which the UTDC’s mock-up replacement car for the TTC’s venerable PCC streetcar was also seen for the first time…M

    • jack gibney says:

      Mike, thank you for the picture of the replica of J J Wright’s 1885 streetcar with overhead trolley wheel. I added it to the article at 1885.

    • jack gibney says:

      Mike, thank you for the additional picture of the house. It is now the second picture shown above.

  4. Meghan Edmonds says:

    This is well researched- thanks for sharing the rich history of that house!

  5. Karen Maxwade says:

    My father and grandparents lived in a room at 14 Gwynne Avenue. This was during the depression. 14 Gwynne was a rooming house at the time. I only know that my grandmother talked about the huge music room across from their space. She would spend a lot of time there because of the sunlight.

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