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November 5, 2009
Historical exhibit frames Toronto’s oldest neighbourhood - St. Lawrence Ward
In celebration of Toronto’s 175th anniversary, the City of Toronto’s Market Gallery presents a special exhibition focussing on the history of its original neighbourhood. The St. Lawrence Ward: A Pictorial View of Toronto’s Oldest Neighbourhood opens on November 14, 2009 and runs until March 13, 2010. Maps, photographs and art will provide a pictorial essay illustrating the architecture, economic development and political life of this area.

The history of this neighbourhood dates back to 1793 when land purchased from the native people was settled by the British and named the Town of York. From the original 10 blocks including today’s Front Street East, King Street East, Jarvis Street, The Esplanade and George Street, the St. Lawrence neighbourhood is today known for its thriving market, cultural attractions and 19th century architectural landmarks such as St. Lawrence Hall. Wharfs, railway tracks and muddy streets once claimed this area which later developed into a major industrial area of warehouses by the early twentieth century.

Showcased in this exhibit are early views such as Fish Market, Toronto (1840-42) by William Bartlett, Goad’s insurance atlases from the late 1800s documenting buildings, and photographs of King Street East in the 1870s when it was Toronto’s main shopping street.

The Market Gallery is a program of Toronto Cultural Services and presents changing exhibitions dedicated to Toronto's art, culture and history and offers educational programs for school groups and adults. Located in Toronto's oldest neighbourhood, the main gallery occupies the 19th century city council chamber - which is all that remains from the City Hall that stood on this site from 1845-1899.

Admission is free. The Market Gallery is located on the second floor of the South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays.

For more information on museums and art centres in the City’s Cultural Services, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Pamela Wachna, Coordinator of Collections & Outreach, 416-392-7604,



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