Historic photos from around Liberty Village, Toronto

A relatively new name for the east side of Parkdale, Liberty Village is a trendy mixed-use neighbourhood with a very different past. Much of the heavy industrial buildings are now gone (or turned into loft apartments) and replaced with condo developments, office buildings, restaurants and bars. Its location, just west of downtown Toronto, minutes from the lake, has lead to its recent popularity.

List of all areas in Toronto or take a look at the historic photos by date. A subset of the photos have also been arranged by subject.

1860 Historic photo from 1860 - Crystal Palace (1858-1879), King St. W., n. side, in present Sudbury St. before being moved to the CNE grounds in Liberty VillageCrystal Palace (1858-1879), King St. W., n. side, in present Sudbury St. before being moved to the CNE grounds
154 years ago - Liberty Village - 1860
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1867 Historic photo from 1867 - Crystal Palace, King St., Toronto, erected 1857 (used as Provincial Exhibition space, and after 1866 as 13th Hussars Barracks) in Liberty VillageCrystal Palace, King St., Toronto, erected 1857 (used as Provincial Exhibition space, and after 1866 as 13th Hussars Barracks)
147 years ago - Liberty Village - 1867
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1900 Historic photo from 1900 - Diamond Park - baseball - Liberty St., s.e. cor. Fraser Ave. w/ Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women in distance? in Liberty VillageDiamond Park - baseball - Liberty St., s.e. cor. Fraser Ave. w/ Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women in distance?
114 years ago - Liberty Village - 1900
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1907 Historic photo from 1907 - Eastern Baseball League, opening game of season at Diamond Park, Liberty St., s.e. cor. Fraser Ave. in Liberty VillageEastern Baseball League, opening game of season at Diamond Park, Liberty St., s.e. cor. Fraser Ave.
107 years ago - Liberty Village - 1907
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1912 Historic photo from Friday, January 19, 1912 - Pressed Metal Factory building at King and Dufferin Streets looking east in Liberty VillagePressed Metal Factory building at King and Dufferin Streets looking east
102 years ago - Liberty Village - Friday, January 19, 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from 1915 - Bombs stored on Liberty Street, looking east from Dufferin Street in Liberty VillageBombs stored on Liberty Street, looking east from Dufferin Street
99 years ago - Liberty Village - 1915
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Thursday, April 29, 1915 - King Street West subway at Sudbury in Liberty VillageKing Street West subway at Sudbury
99 years ago - Liberty Village - Thursday, April 29, 1915
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1918 Historic photo from 1918 - Munitions workers line up for last pay, southeast corner of King and Dufferin streets across from Metallic Roofing Co in Liberty VillageMunitions workers line up for last pay, southeast corner of King and Dufferin streets across from Metallic Roofing Co
96 years ago - Liberty Village - 1918
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1920 Historic photo from 1920 - Aerial view of Liberty Village with Massey-Harris plant, Provincial Lunatic Asylum, Mercer Reformatory and the former Central Prison in Liberty VillageAerial view of Liberty Village with Massey-Harris plant, Provincial Lunatic Asylum, Mercer Reformatory and the former Central Prison
94 years ago - Liberty Village - 1920
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1927 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 6, 1927 - Railroad illumination tower at Strachan Avenue in Liberty VillageRailroad illumination tower at Strachan Avenue
87 years ago - Liberty Village - Wednesday, April 6, 1927
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1942 Historic photo from Friday, February 27, 1942 - Major General Whang Ping-hing inspecting Bren gun during visit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd. in Liberty VillageMajor General Whang Ping-hing inspecting Bren gun during visit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd.
72 years ago - Liberty Village - Friday, February 27, 1942
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1942 Historic photo from Friday, February 27, 1942 - Visit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd.   in Liberty VillageVisit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd.
72 years ago - Liberty Village - Friday, February 27, 1942
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1943 Historic photo from Friday, August 20, 1943 - Chinese General P. Kiang and June Pattison, Miss Inglis, posing with Bren gun outside plant at 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd.  in Liberty VillageChinese General P. Kiang and June Pattison, Miss Inglis, posing with Bren gun outside plant at 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd.
71 years ago - Liberty Village - Friday, August 20, 1943
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1943 Historic photo from Friday, August 20, 1943 - Chinese official at 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd. in Liberty VillageChinese official at 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd.
71 years ago - Liberty Village - Friday, August 20, 1943
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1943 Historic photo from Friday, August 20, 1943 - Band waiting in shorts at the 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd. in Liberty VillageBand waiting in shorts at the 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd.
71 years ago - Liberty Village - Friday, August 20, 1943
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1944 Historic photo from Monday, January 24, 1944 - Lord Halifax and to his left Major J E Hahn  watching female war workers at John Inglis Co., Ltd. in Liberty VillageLord Halifax and to his left Major J E Hahn watching female war workers at John Inglis Co., Ltd.
70 years ago - Liberty Village - Monday, January 24, 1944
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1983 Historic photo from Thursday, May 5, 1983 - Looking west along E Liberty St to the Irwin Toys building on Hanna Ave (now the Toy Factory Lofts) in Liberty VillageLooking west along E Liberty St to the Irwin Toys building on Hanna Ave (now the Toy Factory Lofts)
31 years ago - Liberty Village - Thursday, May 5, 1983
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Sunday, July 24, 1983 - From atop 53 Fraser Ave - July 24, 1983 in Liberty VillageFrom atop 53 Fraser Ave - July 24, 1983
31 years ago - Liberty Village - Sunday, July 24, 1983
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Sunday, July 24, 1983 - From atop 53 Fraser Ave - Looking south-east, with Exhibition Stadium in the background in Liberty VillageFrom atop 53 Fraser Ave - Looking south-east, with Exhibition Stadium in the background
31 years ago - Liberty Village - Sunday, July 24, 1983
Link to archive record - Map location
1983 Historic photo from Sunday, November 27, 1983 - Metallic Roofing Co showroom built in 1897 - Henry Simpson, Architect - 1192 King St W in Liberty VillageMetallic Roofing Co showroom built in 1897 - Henry Simpson, Architect - 1192 King St W
31 years ago - Liberty Village - Sunday, November 27, 1983
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)