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High Park Library Turns 100 with Skits About Carnegie and The Parkdale Connection

To celebrate 100 years since the opening of the High Park Library we had a, sometimes revealing and sometimes hilarious, look at how our High Park and Parkdale Libraries Came about. Here are the highlights. Reference Lost Toronto: Blue Mechanics … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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0 Introduction to Buildings

Articles about individual buildings will be listed here in address order. Suggestions on the format of this menu and related articles would be very welcome. Please use the comments section below each article.  When you post a comment I receive … Continue reading

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1426 Queen St W. Skyline Restaurant, Preservation and Restoration

The seller restored the Skyline Restaurant and the buyer added something too. The result is a beautiful preservation of a dearly loved Parkdale landmark. Here’s what they did and how they did it. WATCH the sign flash again (on a … Continue reading

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231A Roncesvalles Ave, The Ace Restaurant, Beautifully Restored and Successful

In 2011 Greg Boggs purchased, preserved and restored the ACE Restaurant. Greg also provided a link to Ric McGinnis blogTO with pictures, history and a rich comment section. Old and new pictures, history and selected community comments are included here. … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a House

My old house in Parkdale was in need of a serious facelift. Despite having spent considerable time and money 18 years ago the porch and facade had deteriorated to the point of embarrassment. By Greg Chown. Reposted with kind permission … Continue reading

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1441 King St W Harry’s Closed After 48 Years. 2016-06-29

It was the last Chance to visit Harry’s Charbroil at 1441 King Street West, Parkdale Toronto. June 29, tomorrow, was the last day. Photos of the closing party at end. Will new owners build on the local history as the … Continue reading

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