Rare Maps of Toronto

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  1. thecharioteer

    thecharioteer Senior Member

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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:

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    1797:

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    1802:

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

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    1810, the Don River:

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    1815:

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    1816:

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    1833: A different way of looking at the City:

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    1848:

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    1852: Early version of Harbourfront:

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    1853: Proposal for "undergrounding" the railroads:

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    1854: Plan of subdivision for the Allan estate:

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

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    1877: Plan of Yorkville:

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

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  2. Mustapha

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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.

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  5. thecharioteer

    thecharioteer Senior Member

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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?

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    1910:

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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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    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:

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    1877:

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    1881:

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    1884:

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    1905:

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    Yorkville 1878:

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  10. Edward Skira

    Edward Skira Coming Soon SRC Staff Member

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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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    Great comparisons, Brewster!

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

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

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    The Phillpotts map of 1818:

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

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

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    The Garrison 1850:

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  14. thecharioteer

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    Map by Sir Sandford Fleming, 1851:

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    Boulton map, 1858:

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    1860:

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    1884:

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    1889 (dreams for the Portlands):

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

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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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