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    As many of you know, I love old maps, and we've all seen various editions of the Goad Fire Insurance Maps. The Toronto Public Library has recently revamped their website and have posted high-res versions of maps from their extensive collection.

    Here are a few:

    1792:



    1797:



    1802:



    1802: An elegant survey of the property known as Berkeley House, now part of 333 King Street East:



    1810, the Don River:



    1815:



    1816:



    1833: A different way of looking at the City:



    1848:



    1852: Early version of Harbourfront:



    1853: Proposal for "undergrounding" the railroads:



    1854: Plan of subdivision for the Allan estate:



    1855: Plan of subdivision for part of the Denison estate:



    1877: Plan of Yorkville:



    1880: Plan of the location for the new Provincial Parliament:

    Last edited by thecharioteer; 2011-Dec-31 at 00:53.


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    Good grief, there are hundreds of them...

    http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/s...t=toronto+maps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustapha View Post
    Good grief, there are hundreds of them...

    http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/s...t=toronto+maps
    what a gold mine!

    great material for "then and now" shots


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    What a great find. My only problem is trying to wrap my brain around the thought that the parliament building's were not there at some point in time.

    Last edited by brewster; 2011-Dec-31 at 21:34.

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    In some ways, the maps revolve around dreams, dreams of the city as it could be but ultimately the dream of real estate.....subdivisions and real estate....has anything changed?

    1853:



    1884:



    1887:



    1910:



    1913:


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    Funny how the Belt Line (or at least, connected land trusts) still seemed to be a real estate factor by 1910--as well as how ambitiously garden-suburbish Cedarvale's original scheme was (hey, Dunington-Grubb must have had pretensions of being a Canuckistani Raymond Unwin)

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    Re: the Belt Line

    1890:


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    Quote Originally Posted by thecharioteer View Post
    Re: the Belt Line

    1890:

    How very interesting; a proposed, never realized racetrack in the area of Cortleigh Blvd between - I'm guessing - approximately Alexandra Wood and Mona Drive.

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    Rosedale:

    1854:



    1877:



    1881:



    1884:



    1905:



    Yorkville 1878:


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    Puts my collection of Toronto maps to shame. My favourite is rather recent. A gas station map that contains the outlines of the proposed Spadina and Crosstown highways.

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    cedarvale by Mr T.O., on Flickr

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    1910:




    Dufferin and Eglinton by Mr T.O., on Flickr

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    Great comparisons, Brewster!

    In the beginning, the ur map of Toronto, 1788:



    Followed by the iconic (and more realistic) map of 1793 showing the original 10 square blocks in the Town of York:



    1814:




    The Phillpotts map of 1818:



    Water-lots, 1837. Note that the straight line along the waterfront was related to the windmill at Gooderham and Worts:



    Lots for sale in the west end 1834 (another upside-down map):



    1837:



    The Garrison 1850:

    Last edited by thecharioteer; 2012-Jan-03 at 02:46.

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    Map by Sir Sandford Fleming, 1851:



    Boulton map, 1858:



    1860:



    1884:



    1889 (dreams for the Portlands):



    1910, further dreams, proposed by the Board of Trade:

    Last edited by thecharioteer; 2012-Jan-03 at 03:17.

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    Charioteer said (about 1837 map above) : "Water-lots, 1837. Note that the straight line along the waterfront was related to the windmill at Gooderham and Worts" The Windmill Line Co-op on Scadding Avenue (The Esplanade at Berkeley/Parliament) is just about on this line, which is still used in descriptions of land in this part of the City. Their website is http://www.windmill-line.coop/

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