Toronto Neighborhoods • St. Lawrence
The St. Lawrence neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada although still part of downtown Toronto, was the actual downtown centre and city hall location during the late 18th and entire 19th century. The first parliament buildings in Upper Canada in 1793 were constructed on the southwest corner of Parliament and Front Street. A Saturday farmers' market began operation in St. Lawrence in 1803. The city of Toronto's first city hall was located on the southwest corner of King St. East & Jarvis St. at the old 'Market' building from 1834 to 1844. This building was later burnt down during the great fire of 1849 and replaced with the grandiose St. Lawrence Hall and north section of the market, referred to today as the 'North Market'. In the 1970s it was decided by mayor David Crombie to turn the area into a new residential neighbourhood, but one that would not make the same mistakes of the housing projects of earlier decades. It would contain a mix of commercial and residential as with both subsidized and market oriented housing, mostly rowhouse or low-rise apartments. The neighbourhood was planned by Alan Littlewood and the influence of American urban planner Jane Jacobs played a crucial role. Many of the developments were not completed until well into the 1990s. Since that time, the St. Lawrence neighbourhood has been critically acclaimed as a major success in urban planning. In many ways, it has become the model for the design and planning of new urban communities across North America. Some of the most interesting architecture in the city can be found in St. Lawrence, one notable landmark is the Flatiron building, known for its distinct narrow, wedge shape where Wellington St. merges with Front. Built in 1892, it was the first of this type of building constructed in North America.
How to get to St. Lawrence Neighborhood
King Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line; walk eastbound 10 minutes on Wellington street.
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Neighborhoods Nearby St. Lawrence - Pictures by Parent
Financial District Neighborhood by Parent. The Financial District is a business district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, within the downtown core. It is the main financial district in Toronto, and is the financial heart of Canada. It is bounded roughly by Queen Street West.. Distance from St. Lawrence: 0.7km W, 16 pictures.
Dundas Square Neighborhood by Parent. Yonge-Dundas Square (commonly called Dundas Square) is a public square in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the southeast corner of Yonge Street and Dundas Street. It was opened to the public in November 2002,.. Distance from St. Lawrence: 0.9km NW, 19 pictures.
Entertainment District Neighborhood by Parent. The Entertainment District is an area in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada with about 300 night clubs. Located immediately west of University Avenue, the majority of the night clubs can be found on Richmond Street West. The.. Distance from St. Lawrence: 1.4km SWW, 35 pictures.
Harbourfront Neighborhood by Parent. Harbourfront is a waterfront tourist, residential and cultural real estate development on the northern shore of Lake Ontario within the downtown core of the city of Toronto, Canada. Harbourfront extends west from Yonge Street to.. Distance from St. Lawrence: 1.5km SW, 16 pictures.
Cityplace Neighborhood by Parent. CityPlace is the name given to a large section of former railway land in Downtown Toronto, Canada. The term is more recently being used for a large multi-tower condo development near the Toronto harbourfront and central business.. Distance from St. Lawrence: 2km SWW, 16 pictures.
Chinatown Neighborhood by Parent. This is one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. It is centred around the intersection of Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, and extends outward from this point along both streets. It has grown significantly over the.. Distance from St. Lawrence: 2.1km NWW, 12 pictures.
Discovery District Neighborhood by Parent. The Discovery District is an area of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada that is noted for its concentration of hospitals and scientific research facilities, particularly in biotechnology. The district is roughly bounded by Bloor.. Distance from St. Lawrence: 2.1km NW, 28 pictures.
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