Excavation is nearing completion at the Library District Condominiums. Here we see the site, located at the northeast corner of Bathurst and Fort York Boulevard, in a photo taken by forum member drum118. As part of the project Toronto's 100th library will be built, hence the name Library District.
Excavation for the 29-storey condo has unearthed some archaeological remains long buried as seen in this photo.
According to forum member Mongo this was at one time part of Fort York:
This structure is just to the southeast of Fort York. My copy of the Historical Atlas of Toronto indicates that there was a battery (basically a small fort with several cannon emplaced) at that site, called the "Ravine Battery".
Here's the map that he's referring to.
In the above map, the Ravine Battery (to the southeast of Fort York proper) is marked 'B', and recorded as having two 18-pounder regular cannon and two 24-pounder carronades.
Let's hope they find an interesting way to preserve this in some manner. Developed by Context Development, the condo was designed by KPMB Architects. Interested in knowing more? Click here to register.
Here's a rendering of what to expect.
Library DIstrict in relation to its neighbours.
Additional photos can be found here.
Check out UrbanToronto's dataBase entry for more renderings, or click the Project & Construction or Real Estate links below to join in the discussion on this project.
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