Historic photos from around St. Lawrence, Toronto

There are a wonderful set of Toronto historic photos available online, here are all the photos that I could find from around the St. Lawrence 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.

 
 

1850 Historic photo from 1850 - Stain Glass Window sketches for St. James Cathedral - Cumberland and Storm in St. LawrenceStain Glass Window sketches for St. James Cathedral - Cumberland and Storm
(Categorized under: Architectural drawings )
174 years ago - 1850 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1856 Historic photo from 1856 - Wellington Street East : north-side between Church and Yonge streets, showing the Wellington Hotel in St. LawrenceWellington Street East : north-side between Church and Yonge streets, showing the Wellington Hotel
(Categorized under: Hotels )
168 years ago - 1856 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1856 Historic photo from 1856 - Bank of British North America - designed by John Howard (Wellington and Yonge streets) in St. LawrenceBank of British North America - designed by John Howard (Wellington and Yonge streets)
(Categorized under: Oldest known Toronto photos )
168 years ago - 1856 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1859 Historic photo from 1859 - Bank of Upper Canada (1827-1861), Adelaide St. E., n.e. cor. George St. later expanded for De La Salle in St. LawrenceBank of Upper Canada (1827-1861), Adelaide St. E., n.e. cor. George St. later expanded for De La Salle
165 years ago - 1859 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1861 Historic photo from 1861 - The Cathedral Church of St. James before the tower and spire were added in 1874 in St. LawrenceThe Cathedral Church of St. James before the tower and spire were added in 1874
163 years ago - 1861 - St. Lawrence at 65 Church Street at King Street East
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1867 Historic photo from 1867 - Great Western Railway Station, Yonge St., n.e. corner Esplanade E. in St. LawrenceGreat Western Railway Station, Yonge St., n.e. corner Esplanade E.
157 years ago - 1867 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1870 Historic photo from 1870 - Sketch of St. James' Anglican Cathedral by George Taylor Denison II (1816-1873) in St. LawrenceSketch of St. James' Anglican Cathedral by George Taylor Denison II (1816-1873)
(Categorized under: Architectural drawings )
154 years ago - 1870 - St. Lawrence at 65 Church Street at King Street East
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1870 Historic photo from 1870 - James Scott Howard house, Adelaide Street East in St. LawrenceJames Scott Howard house, Adelaide Street East
(Categorized under: First Toronto post office )
154 years ago - 1870 - St. Lawrence at 260 Adelaide Street East just east of George Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1872 Historic photo from 1872 - Ornamental gate to celebrate the 1872 visit of the Marquess of Dufferin and Ava - King St. E., w. of Church St. in St. LawrenceOrnamental gate to celebrate the 1872 visit of the Marquess of Dufferin and Ava - King St. E., w. of Church St.
(Categorized under: Ornamental gate )
152 years ago - 1872 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1873 Historic photo from 1873 - Coffin Block, Front and Wellington streets - future site of the Flatiron Building in St. LawrenceCoffin Block, Front and Wellington streets - future site of the Flatiron Building
151 years ago - 1873 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1874 Historic photo from 1874 - St. Lawrence Hall at King and Jarvis streets, Toronto in St. LawrenceSt. Lawrence Hall at King and Jarvis streets, Toronto
150 years ago - 1874 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1875 Historic photo from 1875 - American Hotel on Front St. E., at Yonge St. in St. LawrenceAmerican Hotel on Front St. E., at Yonge St.
149 years ago - 1875 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1876 Historic photo from Saturday, July 1, 1876 - Cathedral Church of St. James in the distance along King Street East in St. LawrenceCathedral Church of St. James in the distance along King Street East
(Categorized under: Churches and other places of worship )
148 years ago - Saturday, July 1, 1876 - St. Lawrence at 47 King Street East
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1882 Historic photo from 1882 - Interior of St. James' Anglican Cathedral looking back towards the original gallery organ from 1853 in St. LawrenceInterior of St. James' Anglican Cathedral looking back towards the original gallery organ from 1853
142 years ago - 1882 - St. Lawrence at 65 Church Street at King Street East
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1885 Historic photo from 1885 - American Hotel, Front St. E., n.e. cor. Yonge St. in St. LawrenceAmerican Hotel, Front St. E., n.e. cor. Yonge St.
139 years ago - 1885 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1888 Historic photo from 1888 - American Hotel at the north-east corner of Yonge and Front streets in St. LawrenceAmerican Hotel at the north-east corner of Yonge and Front streets
(Categorized under: Hotels )
136 years ago - 1888 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1888 Historic photo from 1888 - Horses, streetcar, and kids in front of the Coffin Block - Wellington St. E., looking w. from Church St. in St. LawrenceHorses, streetcar, and kids in front of the Coffin Block - Wellington St. E., looking w. from Church St.
136 years ago - 1888 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1888 Historic photo from 1888 - Corner view of the American Hotel at Front and Yonge St. in St. LawrenceCorner view of the American Hotel at Front and Yonge St.
136 years ago - 1888 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - St. Lawrence Market - northwest corner of Front and Jarvis streets in St. LawrenceSt. Lawrence Market - northwest corner of Front and Jarvis streets
134 years ago - 1890 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1898 Historic photo from 1898 - Gooderham Building (Flatiron Building) built in 1892 by architect David Roberts, Jr. in St. LawrenceGooderham Building (Flatiron Building) built in 1892 by architect David Roberts, Jr.
126 years ago - 1898 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1898 Historic photo from 1898 - Court House (1827-1853), King St. E., n.w. cor. Church St., showing s. side exposed during construction of Toronto Railway Chambers in St. LawrenceCourt House (1827-1853), King St. E., n.w. cor. Church St., showing s. side exposed during construction of Toronto Railway Chambers
126 years ago - 1898 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1898 Historic photo from 1898 - Ice covers the facade of Gowans Kent China shop the day after the fire in St. LawrenceIce covers the facade of Gowans Kent China shop the day after the fire
126 years ago - 1898 - St. Lawrence at 14-16 Front Street East just east of Yonge Street (now 33 Yonge Street)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1907 Historic photo from 1907 - King Edward Hotel interior Victoria Dinning Room? - complimentary dinner tendered by Sir John Eaton in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel interior Victoria Dinning Room? - complimentary dinner tendered by Sir John Eaton
(Categorized under: King Edward Hotel )
117 years ago - 1907 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1909 Historic photo from 1909 - Ontario Bank, 34 Wellington Street East at Scott Street in St. LawrenceOntario Bank, 34 Wellington Street East at Scott Street
115 years ago - 1909 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - King Street, looking west from the John Catto and Son store before it was demolished for King Eddy expansion in St. LawrenceKing Street, looking west from the John Catto and Son store before it was demolished for King Eddy expansion
(Categorized under: King Edward Hotel )
114 years ago - 1910 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1910 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 3, 1910 - King Edward Hotel ballroom -Toronto Press Club dinner for Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel ballroom -Toronto Press Club dinner for Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
(Categorized under: King Edward Hotel )
114 years ago - Tuesday, May 3, 1910 - St. Lawrence
Max temp: 12.2°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1910 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 3, 1910 - Interior of the King Edward Hotel - Toronto Press Club dinner for Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853 - 1937) actor and theatre manager in St. LawrenceInterior of the King Edward Hotel - Toronto Press Club dinner for Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853 - 1937) actor and theatre manager
(Categorized under: King Edward Hotel )
114 years ago - Tuesday, May 3, 1910 - St. Lawrence at 37 King Street East
Max temp: 12.2°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Library and Archives Canada)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - James Scott Howard house - Toronto's first post office, Adelaide Street East in St. LawrenceJames Scott Howard house - Toronto's first post office, Adelaide Street East
(Categorized under: First Toronto post office )
112 years ago - 1912 - St. Lawrence at 260 Adelaide Street East just east of George Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1912 Historic photo from Tuesday, January 16, 1912 - Bank of British North America (built 1865) after redesign - N/E corner of Yonge and Wellington Streets in St. LawrenceBank of British North America (built 1865) after redesign - N/E corner of Yonge and Wellington Streets
112 years ago - Tuesday, January 16, 1912 - St. Lawrence at 49 Yonge Street at Wellington St
Max temp: -10.6°C - Min temp: -18.3°C - 1.0cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1913 Historic photo from 1913 - King Edward Hotel with Mahers grey 4-in-hand horse drawn carriage in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel with Mahers grey 4-in-hand horse drawn carriage
(Categorized under: King Edward Hotel )
111 years ago - 1913 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1914 Historic photo from Monday, October 5, 1914 - Verral Storage Company, foot of Sherbourne Street in St. LawrenceVerral Storage Company, foot of Sherbourne Street
110 years ago - Monday, October 5, 1914 - St. Lawrence at Lower Sherbourne Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1914 Historic photo from Friday, October 23, 1914 - Lake Simcoe Ice Co. property, south side of 83 Esplanade East - near foot of Frederick Street in St. LawrenceLake Simcoe Ice Co. property, south side of 83 Esplanade East - near foot of Frederick Street
110 years ago - Friday, October 23, 1914 - St. Lawrence
Max temp: 17.2°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from 1919 - King Edward Hotel with glass canopy - before tower was added in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel with glass canopy - before tower was added
(Categorized under: King Edward Hotel )
105 years ago - 1919 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1921 Historic photo from Friday, May 20, 1921 - King Edward Hotel covered overhang on King Street East, looking east from Yonge Street in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel covered overhang on King Street East, looking east from Yonge Street
(Categorized under: King Edward Hotel )
103 years ago - Friday, May 20, 1921 - St. Lawrence at 37 King Street East
Max temp: 30.6°C - Min temp: 8.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1925 Historic photo from 1925 - King Edward Hotel, exterior, King St. E., s. side, between Victoria St. & Leader Lane in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel, exterior, King St. E., s. side, between Victoria St. & Leader Lane
(Categorized under: King Edward Hotel )
99 years ago - 1925 - St. Lawrence at 37 King Street East
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1934 Historic photo from Friday, June 29, 1934 - Old streetcars and buses in the Sherbourne St Garage in St. LawrenceOld streetcars and buses in the Sherbourne St Garage
90 years ago - Friday, June 29, 1934 - St. Lawrence at 120 Lower Sherbourne Street n.w. corner at the Esplanade
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1951 Historic photo from Thursday, November 1, 1951 - Toronto Wholesale Fruit Market in the old Great Western Railway Station in St. LawrenceToronto Wholesale Fruit Market in the old Great Western Railway Station
73 years ago - Thursday, November 1, 1951 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1952 Historic photo from 1952 - Great Western Railway Station aftermath of fire, looking n.e. in St. LawrenceGreat Western Railway Station aftermath of fire, looking n.e.
72 years ago - 1952 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1960 Historic photo from 1960 - O'Keefe Centre, Front St. E., south east corner Yonge St., Toronto, Ont. in St. LawrenceO'Keefe Centre, Front St. E., south east corner Yonge St., Toronto, Ont.
(Categorized under: Live music )
64 years ago - 1960 - St. Lawrence at 1 Front Street East s.e. corner at Yonge Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1960 Historic photo from Saturday, October 1, 1960 - Mural and people waiting to enter the grand opening of the Okeefe Centre in St. LawrenceMural and people waiting to enter the grand opening of the Okeefe Centre
(Categorized under: Live music )
64 years ago - Saturday, October 1, 1960 - St. Lawrence
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1960 Historic photo from Saturday, October 1, 1960 - All dressed up for the grand opening of the Ofeefe Centre in St. LawrenceAll dressed up for the grand opening of the Ofeefe Centre
(Categorized under: Live music )
64 years ago - Saturday, October 1, 1960 - St. Lawrence
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1960 Historic photo from Saturday, October 1, 1960 - Cars lined up outside the grand opening of the Okeefe Centre in St. LawrenceCars lined up outside the grand opening of the Okeefe Centre
(Categorized under: Live music )
64 years ago - Saturday, October 1, 1960 - St. Lawrence
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1960 Historic photo from Saturday, October 1, 1960 - Cars and people outside the Okeefe Centre grand opening in St. LawrenceCars and people outside the Okeefe Centre grand opening
(Categorized under: Live music )
64 years ago - Saturday, October 1, 1960 - St. Lawrence
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1960 Historic photo from Thursday, November 3, 1960 - Front Street, north side opposite O'Keefe Centre at Scott Street in St. LawrenceFront Street, north side opposite O'Keefe Centre at Scott Street
64 years ago - Thursday, November 3, 1960 - St. Lawrence at 28 Front Street East (approx.) at Scott Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1963 Historic photo from 1963 - IBM King Street datacenter - IBM 1401 in St. LawrenceIBM King Street datacenter - IBM 1401
61 years ago - 1963 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location
1970 Historic photo from Sunday, March 29, 1970 - O'Keefe Centre - Jefferson Airplane playing live in Toronto in 1970 in St. LawrenceO'Keefe Centre - Jefferson Airplane playing live in Toronto in 1970
(Categorized under: Live music )
54 years ago - Sunday, March 29, 1970 - St. Lawrence at 1 Front Street East s.e corner at Yonge Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1979 Historic photo from 1979 - 3D model showing different views of Berczy Park in St. Lawrence3D model showing different views of Berczy Park
45 years ago - 1979 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1980 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 26, 1980 - Sherbourne St. Carriage House demolition - view from Frederick, north from Esplanade in St. LawrenceSherbourne St. Carriage House demolition - view from Frederick, north from Esplanade
44 years ago - Tuesday, February 26, 1980 - St. Lawrence at 125 Frederick Street n.e. corner at The Esplanade
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1980 Historic photo from Thursday, March 27, 1980 - Demolition of Sherbourne St Carriage House - view over hoarding at Frederick and Esplanade in St. LawrenceDemolition of Sherbourne St Carriage House - view over hoarding at Frederick and Esplanade
44 years ago - Thursday, March 27, 1980 - St. Lawrence at 125 Frederick Street n.e. corner at The Esplanade
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1980 Historic photo from Tuesday, August 26, 1980 - O'Keefe Centre - Anne Murray performing live in Toronto in 1980 in St. LawrenceO'Keefe Centre - Anne Murray performing live in Toronto in 1980
(Categorized under: Live music )
44 years ago - Tuesday, August 26, 1980 - St. Lawrence at 1 Front Street East s.e. corner at Yonge Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1980 Historic photo from Tuesday, September 23, 1980 - James Scott Howard house - Toronto's first post office - revealed - with the windows rounded and bricked up in St. LawrenceJames Scott Howard house - Toronto's first post office - revealed - with the windows rounded and bricked up
(Categorized under: First Toronto post office )
44 years ago - Tuesday, September 23, 1980 - St. Lawrence at 260 Adelaide Street East just east of George Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1982 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 28, 1982 - Cathedral Church of St. James, streetcars, Adourians Rug galleries (until at least 2018) and King Street East in St. LawrenceCathedral Church of St. James, streetcars, Adourians Rug galleries (until at least 2018) and King Street East
(Categorized under: Churches and other places of worship )
42 years ago - Wednesday, April 28, 1982 - St. Lawrence at 47 King Street East
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1984 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 21, 1984 - James Scott Howard house - Old postal boxes in the restored antique Post Office on Adelaide Street east in St. LawrenceJames Scott Howard house - Old postal boxes in the restored antique Post Office on Adelaide Street east
(Categorized under: First Toronto post office )
40 years ago - Tuesday, February 21, 1984 - St. Lawrence at 260 Adelaide Street East just east of George Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1987 Historic photo from Monday, February 16, 1987 - First post office Commemorated with new stamp and a replica of an 1844 Royal mail stage coach stands outside Toronto's first post office in St. LawrenceFirst post office Commemorated with new stamp and a replica of an 1844 Royal mail stage coach stands outside Toronto's first post office
(Categorized under: First Toronto post office )
37 years ago - Monday, February 16, 1987 - St. Lawrence at 260 Adelaide Street East just east of George Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
2002 Historic photo from Thursday, October 24, 2002 - Toronto's First Post Office in St. LawrenceToronto's First Post Office
22 years ago - Thursday, October 24, 2002 - St. Lawrence at 260 Adelaide Street East just east of George Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)