City of Toronto Archives launches latest exhibit, Your Home, Our City|
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Your Home, Our City: 100 Years of Public Control over Private Space, is the
latest exhibit to be launched at the City of Toronto Archives, located at 255
Spadina Rd. One of two exhibits on display in the atrium through 2002, it
explores the involvement of governments and private interests in the
development of Toronto's residential neighbourhoods since 1834.
Drawing on photos, brochures and blueprints from the City of Toronto's
extensive archival holdings, Your Home, Our City charts the growth of Toronto
through more than 150 years of expansion, annexation and government
intervention and planning in Toronto's housing industry.
"Our intention with this show is to engage the residents of Toronto much more
in the history of their city through activities at the Archives," says Michael
Moir, Director of Corporate Records Systems and City Archivist. "Whether people
are doing intensive research or just indulging an interest, the Archives has so
much to offer. This exhibit shows Torontonians some of the history and richness
of our city's streetscapes, which have changed dramatically over time."
The exhibit profiles many well-known Toronto stories, such as the fate of the
"Bayview Ghost," the impact of the Great Fire of 1904, and the tug-of-war over
housing on the Toronto Islands. It also explores why Toronto has the various
styles of housing that it does.
The City of Toronto Archives are open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to
4:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (September through June). By
TTC: two blocks north of the Dupont subway station on Spadina Road.