Heritage in Midtown

For the past few years the City of Toronto Planning Staff have been working with the local community of Yonge and Eglinton on a study called Midtown in Focus. An important component of the study has been to look at the heritage buildings on our main streets.

In August, Heritage Preservation Services released a report that has proposed to add 258 addresses on the Main Streets of Midtown as listings to the Heritage Registry. Approximately 70% of these addresses fall on the Main Streets of Yonge St, Mount Pleasant Rd, Bayview Ave, and Eglinton Ave in SERRA’s catchment south of Eglinton. The size and scope of the listings is unprecedented. After the surprise demolition of the BMO bank on Yonge St last winter, the City felt a need to take new proactive approach to screening for heritage properties. A heritage “listing” status is a first stage of heritage protection and is not as extensive as a “designation”. A heritage “listing” status will trigger an alert if a demolition permit is requested for a building on a main street. This alert system gives the City sixty days to determine a heritage designation.

The Heritage Preservation Services report has been approved by the Heritage Preservation Board, the Planning and Growth Committee, and finally by City Council on October 3, 2017.


Many thanks to the Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations FoNTRA for providing this information about this Toronto Heritage event: Heritage Toronto wants to amplify your voice to the incoming City Council. How can heritage be prioritized within an ever-growing city? Which stories from our past need to be shared? How can the city better preserve the things we care about, whether they’re cultural spaces or physical structures? The creation of a Toronto Museum has been … Read morePublic Forum -THE FUTURE OF TORONTO’S PAST: STATE OF HERITAGE

Heritage Fun Facts – Where is Joseph Avenue?

The western part of Millwood Road was originally named Joseph Avenue after Joseph Davis as seen on the Goad map from 1913. The name of this portion of the street was changed to Millwood Road with the amalgamation of the Village of North Toronto with the City of Toronto.

In 1979, Janet Magee Manor was named in honour of Mrs. Janet M. Magee

Heritage  – Did You Know …   Erected in 1979, Janet Magee Manor was named in honour of Mrs. Janet Magee, a dedicated community worker in North Toronto, who was born in Lombardy, Perth County, Ont. Read more at: http://www.torontoplaques.com/Pages/Janet_M_Magee.html      Janet M. Magee Historical Plaque – torontoplaques.com www.torontoplaques.com

Second Annual Davisville Village Jane’s Walk (May 5, 2018)

Amy Isaac, Sharon Mourer organized a very successful Davisville Village Jane’s Walk which took place on Saturday May 5, 2018. Two large groups of residents strolled through the neighbourhood and discovered some well hidden historical homes and sites in Davisville Village East.. Thanks to our Jane’s Walk leaders, community volunteers and everyone who came out to learn about our neighbourhood. In  case you missed the walk, we will be doing a repeat in conjunction with … Read moreSecond Annual Davisville Village Jane’s Walk (May 5, 2018)