Historic photos from around Chinatown (Spadina Ave), Toronto

There are a wonderful set of Toronto historic photos available online, here are all the photos that I could find from around the Chinatown (Spadina Ave) area in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

List of all areas in Toronto or take a look at the historic photos by date. New! You can now access the photos by street address A subset of the photos have also been arranged by subject.

1885 Historic photo from 1885 - House where Sir Francis Hincks was said to have hidden after the Rebellion of 1837 Spadina and Glen Baillie Place  in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)House where Sir Francis Hincks was said to have hidden after the Rebellion of 1837 Spadina and Glen Baillie Place
139 years ago - 1885 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Horse drawn carriages at the Intersection of College Street and Spadina Avenue in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Horse drawn carriages at the Intersection of College Street and Spadina Avenue
134 years ago - 1890 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 480 Spadina Ave
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from 1915 - Dr. Henry H. Moorhouse house at Dundas and Spadina in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Dr. Henry H. Moorhouse house at Dundas and Spadina
109 years ago - 1915 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1917 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 8, 1917 - Building a brick addition at the rear of 41 Huron in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Building a brick addition at the rear of 41 Huron
107 years ago - Tuesday, May 8, 1917 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 15.0°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1917 Historic photo from Monday, May 14, 1917 - Brick addition complete at 41 Huron Street in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Brick addition complete at 41 Huron Street
107 years ago - Monday, May 14, 1917 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 19.4°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1917 Historic photo from Monday, May 14, 1917 - Inside the new construction at 41 Huron Street in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Inside the new construction at 41 Huron Street
107 years ago - Monday, May 14, 1917 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 19.4°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1917 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 30, 1917 - Spadina Avenue looking north to College Street in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Spadina Avenue looking north to College Street
107 years ago - Wednesday, May 30, 1917 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 21.1°C - Min temp: 4.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 7, 1919 - Spadina Ave. looking north from south of College St. - Star Cafe on left, Knox College in centre in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Spadina Ave. looking north from south of College St. - Star Cafe on left, Knox College in centre
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
105 years ago - Wednesday, May 7, 1919 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 22.2°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, May 30, 1919 - Horse drawn Andrews Bread cart on Spadina Ave. at Nassau in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Horse drawn Andrews Bread cart on Spadina Ave. at Nassau
105 years ago - Friday, May 30, 1919 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 30.0°C - Min temp: 16.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, May 30, 1919 - Belt Line car 592 passing street car track construction on Spadina Avenue in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Belt Line car 592 passing street car track construction on Spadina Avenue
(Categorized under: Belt Line trail )
105 years ago - Friday, May 30, 1919 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 30.0°C - Min temp: 16.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, May 30, 1919 - 2 men  working on new streetcar tracks on Spadina Ave. in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)2 men working on new streetcar tracks on Spadina Ave.
105 years ago - Friday, May 30, 1919 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 30.0°C - Min temp: 16.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, May 30, 1919 - Spadina Ave. -new track in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Spadina Ave. -new track
105 years ago - Friday, May 30, 1919 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 30.0°C - Min temp: 16.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Wednesday, August 27, 1919 - Looking north on Spadina Ave. in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Looking north on Spadina Ave.
105 years ago - Wednesday, August 27, 1919 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 18.9°C - Min temp: 11.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1921 Historic photo from 1921 - Hebrew Men of England Synagogue opening - 327 Spadina Ave. in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Hebrew Men of England Synagogue opening - 327 Spadina Ave.
(Categorized under: Churches and other places of worship )
103 years ago - 1921 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 327 Spadina Ave
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Library and Archives Canada)
1922 Historic photo from Friday, June 23, 1922 - Northeast corner of Dundas and Spadina in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Northeast corner of Dundas and Spadina
102 years ago - Friday, June 23, 1922 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 28.9°C - Min temp: 12.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1922 Historic photo from Friday, June 23, 1922 - Alley east of Dundas running north from Spadina in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Alley east of Dundas running north from Spadina
102 years ago - Friday, June 23, 1922 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 28.9°C - Min temp: 12.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1924 Historic photo from Saturday, November 22, 1924 - Spadina and Dundas, showing loading, without safety boulevard in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Spadina and Dundas, showing loading, without safety boulevard
100 years ago - Saturday, November 22, 1924 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 8.9°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1927 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 31, 1927 - Streetcar track work at College looking west from Spadina - 5 rounded windows of 280 College, Canadian Buisness College, and  Broadway Tabernacle Church on the right in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Streetcar track work at College looking west from Spadina - 5 rounded windows of 280 College, Canadian Buisness College, and Broadway Tabernacle Church on the right
97 years ago - Tuesday, May 31, 1927 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 1618 College Street at Spadina Ave
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Library and Archives Canada)
1930 Historic photo from Thursday, June 12, 1930 - Standard Theatre - first purpose built Yiddish theatre in North America - Dundas and Spadina -Hebrew theatre sign in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Standard Theatre - first purpose built Yiddish theatre in North America - Dundas and Spadina -Hebrew theatre sign
(Categorized under: Downtown theatres )
94 years ago - Thursday, June 12, 1930 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 285 Spadina Ave n.e. corner at Dundas Street West
Max temp: 24.4°C - Min temp: 13.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1947 Historic photo from 1947 - Hebrew Men of England Synagogue then Western Congregational Church with horse drawn Bendens delivery truck in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Hebrew Men of England Synagogue then Western Congregational Church with horse drawn Bendens delivery truck
77 years ago - 1947 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1953 Historic photo from Sunday, November 1, 1953 - Scott Mission on Spadina Avenue - founded by Annie and Morris Zeidman in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Scott Mission on Spadina Avenue - founded by Annie and Morris Zeidman
71 years ago - Sunday, November 1, 1953 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 502 Spadina Ave
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Library and Archives Canada)
1967 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 2, 1967 - Fats Dominio performing live in Toronto at the El Mocambo in 1967 in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Fats Dominio performing live in Toronto at the El Mocambo in 1967
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
57 years ago - Tuesday, May 2, 1967 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 464 Spadina Ave
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1968 Historic photo from 1968 - Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West intersection in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West intersection
56 years ago - 1968 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1969 Historic photo from Saturday, March 1, 1969 - El Mocambo tavern sign along Spadina between International steam bath open 24 hours and Crescent Grill in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)El Mocambo tavern sign along Spadina between International steam bath open 24 hours and Crescent Grill
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
55 years ago - Saturday, March 1, 1969 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 464 Spadina Ave
Link to archive record - Map location (From York University Archives)
1977 Historic photo from Saturday, March 5, 1977 - The Rolling Stones live in Toronto playing Honky Tonk Women at the El Mocambo in 1977 in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)The Rolling Stones live in Toronto playing Honky Tonk Women at the El Mocambo in 1977
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
47 years ago - Saturday, March 5, 1977 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 464 Spadina Ave just south of College Street
Link to archive record - Map location
1978 Historic photo from Monday, March 6, 1978 - Elvis Costello live in Toronto at the El Mocambo in 1978 - Watching the Detectives in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Elvis Costello live in Toronto at the El Mocambo in 1978 - Watching the Detectives
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
46 years ago - Monday, March 6, 1978 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 464 Spadina Ave just south of College Street
Link to archive record - Map location
1978 Historic photo from Wednesday, August 2, 1978 - Blondie performing live at the El Mocambo - Debbie Harry singing in 1978 in front of distinctive palm tree in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Blondie performing live at the El Mocambo - Debbie Harry singing in 1978 in front of distinctive palm tree
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
46 years ago - Wednesday, August 2, 1978 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 464 Spadina Ave just south of College Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1978 Historic photo from Wednesday, August 2, 1978 - Blondie performing live at the El Mocambo - Clem Burke (?) on drums, Debbie Harry singing and Chris Stein (?) on guitar in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Blondie performing live at the El Mocambo - Clem Burke (?) on drums, Debbie Harry singing and Chris Stein (?) on guitar
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
46 years ago - Wednesday, August 2, 1978 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 464 Spadina Ave just south of College Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1978 Historic photo from Wednesday, October 25, 1978 - Devo performing live at the El Mocambo - Mark Mothersbaugh playing distinctive Hagstrom 1 guitar with pedals attached including a Frogg Ring Modulator in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Devo performing live at the El Mocambo - Mark Mothersbaugh playing distinctive Hagstrom 1 guitar with pedals attached including a Frogg Ring Modulator
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
46 years ago - Wednesday, October 25, 1978 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 464 Spadina Ave just south of College Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1978 Historic photo from Wednesday, October 25, 1978 - Devo performing live at the El Mocambo - keyboards in 1978 - on the Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Tour in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Devo performing live at the El Mocambo - keyboards in 1978 - on the Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Tour
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
46 years ago - Wednesday, October 25, 1978 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 464 Spadina Ave just south of College Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1978 Historic photo from Wednesday, October 25, 1978 - Devo - interview and live performance at the El Mocambo in 1978 in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Devo - interview and live performance at the El Mocambo in 1978
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
46 years ago - Wednesday, October 25, 1978 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 464 Spadina Ave just south of College Street
Link to archive record - Map location
1982 Historic photo from Tuesday, June 22, 1982 - The Spoons standing outside the El Mocambo - Derrick Ross; Rob Preusse; Sandy Horne and Gord Deppe - a band from Burlington that has paid its dues - before their Sat June 26th, 1982 gig in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)The Spoons standing outside the El Mocambo - Derrick Ross; Rob Preusse; Sandy Horne and Gord Deppe - a band from Burlington that has paid its dues - before their Sat June 26th, 1982 gig
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
42 years ago - Tuesday, June 22, 1982 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 464 Spadina Ave south of College Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1985 Historic photo from 1985 - The Jitters performing live at the El Mocambo in 1985 in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)The Jitters performing live at the El Mocambo in 1985
(Categorized under: El Mocambo )
39 years ago - 1985 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave) at 464 Spadina Ave just south of College Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)