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thecharioteer

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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:

 
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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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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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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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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:

 
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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:

 
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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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