Old Town Toronto- Oldest and Best Preserved Buildings

Now an assemblage of neighbourhoods, Old  Town of York began as a small colonial outpost and, as such, it is the site of many firsts. Among the ones that still operate you  have Toronto’s first post office and the city’s first luxury hotel, the King Edward wich remains a popular tourist destination.

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Le Royal Meridien King Edward

Although in 1834 this historic town was made officially part of the newly established city of Toronto, it remained the social, political and economical centre especially around St Lawrence Market.This market still keeps it’s doors open after more than 200 years.

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St Lawrence Market

A few steps further north you can find the glorious St Lawrence Hall(1849) topped by a mansard roof and a working copper-clad clock tower that can be seen for blocks. This is considered one of Toronto’s finest examples of Victorian classicism.

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St Lawrence Hall

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Detail of the clock tower

Another famous building and, some say, the most photographed one , is the Flatiron(Gooderham) Building. It is famous for it’s triangular floorplan dictated by the angle at which Old York’s grid system intersected the waterfront.

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Flatiron(Gooderham) Building

The pictures are completely ours but the information came from ‘City Guide Toronto’, lonely planet editions.

Hope you’ve enjoyed. 🙂

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sher
    Jul 21, 2009 @ 19:46:03

    Lovely. My niece is going to Canada in a couple weeks. I think Toronto. I’ll have to show this to her.

    Reply

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