St. Andrew's Market and Playground

Now a small park at 450 Adelaide Street West in Toronto, it has been a public market square since 1837 with a number of market buildings. The first building was built in 1850, but was destroyed by fire just 10 years later. The Renaissance Revival replacement was built in 1873 and an addition completed in 1899. Besides fresh produce and butcher markets, the building also included a police station, community hall, and a public library.

In 1932 the buildings were demolished and were replaced by an Art Deco waterworks building to the north, which has been redeveloped into a condo, a YMCA, and a retail food hall. The south end of the area remains a public park, as it has been since the 1880's. In 1909 it was officially named the St. Andrews playground - "the first City of Toronto property dedicated to, and equipped for, supervised children's play."

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1914 Historic photo from Wednesday, August 26, 1914 - Excercises at St. Andrews playground in Alexandra ParkExcercises at St. Andrews playground
110 years ago - Alexandra Park - Wednesday, August 26, 1914
Max temp: 20.6°C - Min temp: 8.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1914 Historic photo from Wednesday, August 26, 1914 - Playing basketball at St. Andrews playground with the market building behind in Alexandra ParkPlaying basketball at St. Andrews playground with the market building behind
110 years ago - Alexandra Park - Wednesday, August 26, 1914
Max temp: 20.6°C - Min temp: 8.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1914 Historic photo from Wednesday, August 26, 1914 - Girls team at St. Andrews playing field in Alexandra ParkGirls team at St. Andrews playing field
110 years ago - Alexandra Park - Wednesday, August 26, 1914
Max temp: 20.6°C - Min temp: 8.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1921 Historic photo from 1921 - St. Andrews Market, Richmond Street West in Alexandra ParkSt. Andrews Market, Richmond Street West
103 years ago - Alexandra Park - 1921
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1932 Historic photo from Tuesday, January 5, 1932 - St. Andrew's Market on Augusta Ave and Richmond St in Alexandra ParkSt. Andrew's Market on Augusta Ave and Richmond St
92 years ago - Alexandra Park - Tuesday, January 5, 1932
Max temp: 6.1°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1932 Historic photo from Tuesday, January 5, 1932 - Demolition of St. Andrews Market with city in background in Alexandra ParkDemolition of St. Andrews Market with city in background
92 years ago - Alexandra Park - Tuesday, January 5, 1932
Max temp: 6.1°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1932 Historic photo from Tuesday, January 5, 1932 - Demolition of St. Andrews Market (1873-1932) in Alexandra ParkDemolition of St. Andrews Market (1873-1932)
92 years ago - Alexandra Park - Tuesday, January 5, 1932
Max temp: 6.1°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1958 Historic photo from 1958 - Adelaide Street looking west from Brant Street - park veranda still standing in Alexandra ParkAdelaide Street looking west from Brant Street - park veranda still standing
66 years ago - Alexandra Park - 1958
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1980 Historic photo from 1980 - Looking north west across Adelaide St. W at Brant street to St. Andrews playground Park with the Waterworks in the background in Alexandra ParkLooking north west across Adelaide St. W at Brant street to St. Andrews playground Park with the Waterworks in the background
44 years ago - Alexandra Park - 1980
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1980 Historic photo from 1980 - Waterworks Building on Maud Street, looking south from Richmond Street in Alexandra ParkWaterworks Building on Maud Street, looking south from Richmond Street
44 years ago - Alexandra Park - 1980
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1991 Historic photo from 1991 - Looking west down Adelaide St. W at Brant street and St. Andrews playground Park . On the far left is St. Mary's Church on Bathurst in Alexandra ParkLooking west down Adelaide St. W at Brant street and St. Andrews playground Park . On the far left is St. Mary's Church on Bathurst
33 years ago - Alexandra Park - 1991
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)