Parkdale Picture Mystery Resolved

 

Roncesvalles north of Queen from Greg Chown.

Roncesvalles north of Queen from Greg Chown.

Greg Chown provided this interesting illustration of historical research. He says:
This photo is a bit of a mystery to me. The Parkdale BIA has been using it in some promotions and I can’t seem to locate where it was taken.
Circa 1915 (there’s a car in the background)
The evidence is: Parkdale Taxicabs, a sign that appears to read Parkview Theatre and H.M. Davy.
Anyone have a suggestion? The mystery seems to hinge on the telephone number.

ParkdaleTelephoneExchange1 Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 10.17.55 AMThe old Parkdale telephone exchange and from the City Directory of 1913 a Parkdale phone number.

The evidence.

I think William Mewes has solved this one.

parkdale1I believe the building outlined is this one on Roncesvalles.

Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 3.33.37 PMAlso the brick detail outlined in blue (below) is still evident on this building.

parkdale2Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 3.43.10 PMYou can even see where the old Parkview Sign was attached.

Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 3.43.10 PM

Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 4.02.26 PMFrom the 1921 Directory

A Florist @ 115 Roncesvalles

A garage @ 113 (Taxis?)

HM Davy @ 105.

Thanks.

Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 4.22.38 PMThe final piece of the puzzle. From the Toronto Sunday World, May 31, 1914 .

Wait! There’s still more on this one.

In the original photo you can see a lane between the florists and the theatre that leads back to a garage (according to the directory)

That garage still stands today and is the home of a friend of mine. It was originally a blacksmith shop and then operated as a garage until being converted to a residence.

Screen Shot 2013-02-23 at 11.06.47 AM

This map from 1912 shows the blacksmith shop/taxi garage before the theatre was built.

430681_410781355658521_299109603_nH.M. Davy survived out here on Dundas near Six Points until the late 1950s.out these ads

Read more of Greg Chown’s discussion here.

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