Architecture and Attitudes in Parkdale,1870s – 1900s.

This style reflected rural heritage and and perhaps reform.

The Polychrome style of The Cadillac Lounge 1880, reflected rural heritage and and perhaps reform.

Dates, Architectural Styles and Attitudes.
to 1870 Short lived frame buildings.
1870s Rural Ontario Polychrome. Reformers.
1880s Second Empire and Polychrome. Reformers.
1885s  Romanesque, Conservatives.
1890s Greek and Richardson Romanesque, Torontonians
1900s Queen Anne, Toronto trends.

The rural area south of Brockton in 1850 became Parkdale, a rural village, by 1879, a time of great political and social change. This is reflected in the buildings that remain on Queen Street W, Parkdale.

Click on the following map for an architectural journey through Parkdale.

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LAB CAB Historic Walk by Parkdale Village Historical Society, Jack Gibney. Photo by Peter McClusker, Parkdale Villager Jul 31, 2014.

Between 1850 and 1880 the village of Brockton  was more populous than Parkdale, which was still dominated by the old estates. In 1871 Parkdale had 16 residents listed in Nason’s directory, while Brocton had 150, PIP p10. In the mid 1870s many Parkdale estates were sold to developers and subdivided, leading to a population boom. Parkdale was probably named by developer William Innes Mackenzie.
Population Growth
1871: 16 people,
1875: over 100 people,
1878: 788 people,
1879: 1091 people,
1888: 2013 people.

Ideas for our Historic Parkdale Village

Retain the character of the Victorian village in the area between Gwynne and several buildings west of Macdonell and also in the area half a block this side of Roncesvalles. Keep all the beautiful buildings and infill appropriately to the remaining street scape. Controlled increase in residential will provide needed stimulus to our village businesses. Services for our diverse new Canadians and Psychiatric consumers could be located closer to Jameson and King in, for example, an enlarged version of the buildings at Dowling and King south east corner, with a No Frills in the basement.

This article is based on the LAB CAB Historical Walk of July 2014 by Jack Gibney.

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