A visual history of Jarvis Street
I've been wanting to add Jarvis Street to our visual histories series for a while. As much as every street in the city has changed over the years, the measure of difference on Jarvis is something to behold, particularly because there remain just a few hints at what it all used to look like. Prior to the 1940s, Jarvis Street was probably the most beautiful in all of Toronto, lined with the mansions of some of Toronto's wealthiest families.
And then, in 1947, the street was forever changed when many of its trees were ripped out to widen it for increased automobile traffic. Take a look at the before and after photos below to see what I mean. While the project might have been necessary to accommodate a growing city, it's sad to think of what was lost in the process.
From that point forward, the transformation on Jarvis continued until the street became five lanes wide and marked by a mostly soulless-looking a mix of commercial and high-rise residential properties. Nevertheless, traces of its former glory can still be spotted in the form of Euclid Hall (now the Keg Mansion) and the Gooderham residence (now a restaurant). Contemporary additions like the National Ballet have brought noteworthy architecture back to the street, but, as a whole, it still leaves much to be desired.
St. Lawrence Market
Old (old) City Hall
Jarvis south from Carlton
Horticultural Gardens (between Jarvis and Sherbourne)
Jarvis in 1903
The first Jarvis Collegiate
Jarvis Street Baptist Church (via the McCord Museum)
Allan Gardens Palm House
Juvenile Court Building at 311 Jarvis
The (then) new Jarvis Collegiate in 1924
Jarvis and Maitland
Jarvis and Carlton (northwest corner) 1931
Jarvis and Carlton pre-street widening 1947
Jarvis north of Carlton post-street widening 1947
Jarvis north of Lombard Street
Jarvis south of Bloor
Jarvis and Queen (looking south)
Jarvis and Queen (looking north)
The birth of the Gardiner 1963
Euclid Hall (the Keg Mansion via the Wikimedia Commons)
Jarvis looking south (via the Wikimedia Commons)
Former Gooderham House (via the Wikimedia Commons)
From above (Photo by Jennifer Tse)
Other posts in the series:
Photos from the Toronto Archives unless otherwise noted.
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