Heritage Lights in St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood

Lighting Up History Around St. Lawrence Market

The city of Toronto launched a new night lighting initiative, highlighting heritage and historic buildings in and around the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood Friday night.

Perhaps a little overshadowed by Toronto winning the bid for the 2015 Pan American Games, this celebration was somewhat subdued. That didn't stop about 100 of us from getting a small tour of these buildings by local historian Bruce Bell.

St. Lawrence Market, St. Lawrence Hall, the Flatiron building, St. James Cathedral and the south faรงades along Front Street (south of Berczy Park) now look much more majestic at night now, highlighted with theatrical LED lighting.

Heritage Lights in St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood

Ontario's Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman was on hand at the ceremony, where they flicked the switch, shortly after it got dark.

Heritage Lights in St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood

The Gooderham "Flatiron" Building, built in 1892 by architect David Roberts, was among the historical buildings to get the LED treatment.

Heritage Lights in St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood

The lighting demonstration showcased what this Heritage Lighting Project will grow to become. While the majority of the lighting is on display for the weekend's events only, some of the new lighting is a permanent fixture.

Heritage Lights in St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood

The Heritage Lighting Project is part of St. Lawrence Market's 205th anniversary celebrations.

Heritage Lights in St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood

Toronto Hydro is organizing a festive light exchange in conjunction with this new display of lighting in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood.

If you bring in two strings of energy-guzzling incandescent lights, they'll give you a replacement string of free LED lights. The exchange will be held in front of the north market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Heritage Lights in St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood

Perhaps the most majestic display was saved for last. When they flipped the switch, The St. James Cathedral lit up the sky, its bells loudly chiming into the chilly night.

Roger Cullman.


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