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.

An interview with Juanne Hemsol, SERRA’s first president

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same. Please read this interview with Juanne Hemsol, SERRA’s first president and decide for yourself what has changed in our neighbourhood in the past 54 years. This interview written and conducted by Mary Turcotte. SERRA Mandate:   SERRA was formed (1965) for the purpose of furthering and protecting interests of its members in matters relating to real estate, zoning, municipal planning and any other matter touching … Read more

The North Toronto Historical Society – Guest Speaker Series

The North Toronto Historical Society has guest speakers every month. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd., 2nd Floor.   FREE ADMISSION. EVERYONE WELCOME. PROGRAMS ARE COSPONSORED BY NORTHERN DISTRICT LIBRARY AND THE NORTH TORONTO HISTORICAL SOCIETY. MEETINGS BEGIN AT 7:30 P.M. (REFRESHMENTS FROM 7:10 P.M.). Please click here for details as dates and events may change.   North Toronto Historical Society Monthly Meetings January – March … Read more

North Toronto Historical Society Walk – A Jane’s Walk Encore Performance

This is a repeat performance of SERRA’s Jane’s Walk from May … now teamed up with North Toronto Historical Society. The Fall Walking Tour of Davisville Village: Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018 Time: 2:00-3:45 p.m. (rain or shine) Location: Meet us at the NW corner Davisville and Mount Pleasant (June Rowlands Park) Join us to explore the historic village of Davisville with NTHS and SERRA (South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association). Discover its people, farms, homes, … Read more


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 more