Historic photos from around Wellington Place, Toronto

Bounded by Bathurst, King, Spadina and Front streets, Wellington Place dates back to 1837 as a neighbourhood. Before that it was part of Fort York to the south. In 1833 the land was auctioned off, land was set aside for Victoria Square and Clarence Square, and houses were slowly built.

The city slowly grew up around the area, with the Loretto Abbey being the most distinctive building in the areas.



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1870 Historic photo from 1870 - Gurney (E. & C.) Stove Manufacturers, factory, King St. W., n. side, between Brant St. & Spadina Ave. in Wellington PlaceGurney (E. & C.) Stove Manufacturers, factory, King St. W., n. side, between Brant St. & Spadina Ave.
154 years ago - 1870 - Wellington Place
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1891 Historic photo from 1891 - Residence of Dr. W.T. Stuart (197 Spadina Avenue, corner of Phoebe Street) in Wellington PlaceResidence of Dr. W.T. Stuart (197 Spadina Avenue, corner of Phoebe Street)
133 years ago - 1891 - Wellington Place at 197 Spadina Ave
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Library and Archives Canada)
1898 Historic photo from 1898 - Bicycle Storage area of the Toronto Lithographing Company - 680 King St.West in Wellington PlaceBicycle Storage area of the Toronto Lithographing Company - 680 King St.West
126 years ago - 1898 - Wellington Place at 680 King Street West n.e. corner at Bathurst Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1908 Historic photo from 1908 - Spadina Hotel - Falconer Hotel at the time - looking east - Built as Richardson House in 1873 in Wellington PlaceSpadina Hotel - Falconer Hotel at the time - looking east - Built as Richardson House in 1873
(Categorized under: Hotels )
116 years ago - 1908 - Wellington Place
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Spadina Hotel - Hotel Falconer at the time with sign - (also known as the Zeigler Hotel and Hotel Falconer) in Wellington PlaceSpadina Hotel - Hotel Falconer at the time with sign - (also known as the Zeigler Hotel and Hotel Falconer)
(Categorized under: Hotels )
114 years ago - 1910 - Wellington Place
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1913 Historic photo from Thursday, May 22, 1913 - Row houses at 2-34 Stewart Street in Wellington PlaceRow houses at 2-34 Stewart Street
111 years ago - Thursday, May 22, 1913 - Wellington Place
Max temp: 21.7°C - Min temp: 8.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1913 Historic photo from Tuesday, October 14, 1913 - Victoria Memorial Park (Square) with War of 1812 Memorial in Wellington PlaceVictoria Memorial Park (Square) with War of 1812 Memorial
111 years ago - Tuesday, October 14, 1913 - Wellington Place
Max temp: 15.6°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1923 Historic photo from Tuesday, July 10, 1923 - Loretto Abbey (called Lyndhurst before that) Wellington & Spadina in Wellington PlaceLoretto Abbey (called Lyndhurst before that) Wellington & Spadina
101 years ago - Tuesday, July 10, 1923 - Wellington Place at 403 Wellington Street West just west of Spadina Ave
Max temp: 25.6°C - Min temp: 17.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1925 Historic photo from Thursday, May 14, 1925 - 1502 King Street West being built in Wellington Place1502 King Street West being built
99 years ago - Thursday, May 14, 1925 - Wellington Place at 1502 King Street West e. of Beaty Ave.
Max temp: 16.7°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1938 Historic photo from Saturday, February 12, 1938 - Laneway between houses at 516 Wellington Street West in Wellington PlaceLaneway between houses at 516 Wellington Street West
86 years ago - Saturday, February 12, 1938 - Wellington Place
Max temp: 1.7°C - Min temp: -6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1938 Historic photo from Monday, March 7, 1938 - 21 Draper Street being demolished (built 1881) now the 'Cat Promenade' to connect to The Well in Wellington Place21 Draper Street being demolished (built 1881) now the 'Cat Promenade' to connect to The Well
86 years ago - Monday, March 7, 1938 - Wellington Place at 19 Draper Street
Max temp: 0.6°C - Min temp: -3.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1938 Historic photo from Monday, March 7, 1938 - Draper Park now - back of 21 Draper Street - built in the 19th Century Second Empire-style in Wellington PlaceDraper Park now - back of 21 Draper Street - built in the 19th Century Second Empire-style
86 years ago - Monday, March 7, 1938 - Wellington Place at 19 Draper Street
Max temp: 0.6°C - Min temp: -3.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1971 Historic photo from Saturday, May 22, 1971 - View of houses on Draper Street, just north of Front Street, east of Bathurst Street in Wellington PlaceView of houses on Draper Street, just north of Front Street, east of Bathurst Street
53 years ago - Saturday, May 22, 1971 - Wellington Place at 11 Draper Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1972 Historic photo from 1972 - Spadina Hotel (Richardson House, Hotel Falconer, Zeiglers Hotel) - corner of Spadina Avenue and King Street West - looking north-west in Wellington PlaceSpadina Hotel (Richardson House, Hotel Falconer, Zeiglers Hotel) - corner of Spadina Avenue and King Street West - looking north-west
(Categorized under: Hotels )
52 years ago - 1972 - Wellington Place at 460 King Street West
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1980 Historic photo from 1980 - Spadina Hotel and Cabana Room on the second floor - King and Spadina in Wellington PlaceSpadina Hotel and Cabana Room on the second floor - King and Spadina
(Categorized under: Hotels )
44 years ago - 1980 - Wellington Place
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1983 Historic photo from Sunday, July 24, 1983 - 530-532 Front St W - July 24, 1983 by 'collations'  Patrick Cummins in Wellington Place530-532 Front St W - July 24, 1983 by 'collations' Patrick Cummins
41 years ago - Sunday, July 24, 1983 - Wellington Place at 530 Front Street West
Max temp: 26.0°C - Min temp: 19.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1990 Historic photo from 1990 - Draper Street Heritage Conservation District - East side of Draper Street looking southeast from 17 Draper Street in Wellington PlaceDraper Street Heritage Conservation District - East side of Draper Street looking southeast from 17 Draper Street
34 years ago - 1990 - Wellington Place at 17 Draper Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)