St Clair Avenue

This is what St. Clair Avenue looked like in Toronto 100 years ago

This is what St. Clair Avenue looked like in Toronto 100 years ago

At the outset of the 20th century, St. Clair Avenue was a narrow stretch of road, bordered by stretches of farmland and broken by a series of ravines to the east of Yonge Street.

Thanks to various annexation efforts, the majority of the street fell within the city of the Toronto by 1911, at which point the construction of streetcar track ushered in a development boom that would rapidly change the character of the street. 

Archival photos show just how closely linked St. Clair's history is linked the streetcars. From the old car barns at Wychwood to the passenger safety zones of the the 1920s, to the still-remaining loop at St. Clair Station, the streetcar has been a ubiquitous presence on the west side of the street for just over a century.

Here is what St. Clair Avenue used to look like.St Clair Avenue Toronto

Hunting group on Bathurst north of St. Clair, 1900s

St Clair Avenue Toronto

Southwest corner of Yonge and St. Clair, 1911

St Clair Avenue

Northwest corner of St. Clair and Dufferin, 1911

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Southwest corner St. Clair and Dufferin, 1911

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Northeast corner of Spadina and St. Clair.

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St. Clair and Caledonia, 1911

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Looking west on St. Clair toward Bathurst, 1911

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Looking east along St. Clair at Vaughan, 1912

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TTC Car Barns (now Wychwood Barns), 1915

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Mt. Pleasant and St. Clair, 1922

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Southwest corner of Yonge and St. Clair, 1923

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Looking east on St. Clair at Mulock, 1923

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St. Clair Bridge under construction, 1924

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Oops at St. Clair and Rushton, 1926

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Looking east on St. Clair at Oakwood, 1927

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Looking east on St. Clair at Rushton, 1928

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Looking east on St. Clair at Christie, 1928

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Looking east on St. Clair at Wychwood, 1928

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Avenue Rd. & St. Clair, 1928

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Looking east on St. Clair at Vaughan, 1928

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Looking west to Bathurst on St. Clair, 1928

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Abattoirs in the distance near Weston Road, 1930

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Private property on St. Clair west of Keele, 1933

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St. Clair Reservoir, 1934

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Canada Packers stockyards, 1940

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Granite Club, west of Yonge on St. Clair 1947

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Brand new St. Clair Station, 1954

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St. Clair Station streetcar entrance, late 1950s

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990 St. Clair West, 1957

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Spadina and St. Clair, 1958

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Stockyards near Keele, 1959

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Loblaws property on St. Clair east of Bathurst, 1974

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Alternate angle of the Loblaws. 

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Yonge and St. Clair, 1980s


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