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Parkdale? YES!!!!

735011_518560911499583_1679211532_nThis photo is a bit of a mystery to me. The Parkdale BIA has been using it in some promotions and I can’t seem to locate where it was taken.

Circa 1915 (there’s a car in the background)

The evidence is: Parkdale Taxicabs, a sign that appears to read Parkview Theatre and H.M. Davy.

Anyone have a suggestion?

The mystery seems to hinge on the telephone number.

ParkdaleTelephoneExchange1 Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 10.17.55 AMThe old Parkdale telephone exchange and from the City Directory of 1913 a Parkdale phone number.

The evidence.

I think William Mewes has solved this one.

parkdale1I believe the building outlined is this one on Roncesvalles.

Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 3.33.37 PMAlso the brick detail outlined in blue (below) is still evident on this building.

parkdale2Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 3.43.10 PMYou can even see where the old Parkview Sign was attached.

Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 3.43.10 PM

Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 4.02.26 PMFrom the 1921 Directory

A Florist @ 115 Roncesvalles

A garage @ 113 (Taxis?)

HM Davy @ 105.


Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 4.22.38 PMThe final piece of the puzzle. From the Toronto Sunday World, May 31, 1914 .

Wait! There’s still more on this one.

In the original photo you can see a lane between the florists and the theatre that leads back to a garage (according to the directory)

That garage still stands today and is the home of a friend of mine. It was originally a blacksmith shop and then operated as a garage until being converted to a residence.

Screen Shot 2013-02-23 at 11.06.47 AM

This map from 1912 shows the blacksmith shop/taxi garage before the theatre was built.

430681_410781355658521_299109603_nH.M. Davy survived out here on Dundas near Six Points until the late 1950’s.


14 responses

  1. Could it be it is not Toronto’s Parkdale at all? The phone exchange on the taxi co sign reads PARK. Parkdale’s exchange was Lennox or 53 etc. As noted this site PARKview exchange was in Aurora.


    February 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm

  2. I agree with you. However, before those prefixes were adopted Parkdale had it’s own telephone exchange (I will post a photo) and I’ve seen in an old City directory ads that say call Parkdale 2878 etc. It does look like Queen Street or Roncesvales….

    February 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm

  3. Mark Moore

    Greg – I’m sure your desktop screen is large ? Can you make out what it says on the front of the awning ?

    February 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    • It’s a florist but that’s all I can see.

      February 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

  4. What if it’s HM Davy? There’s an entry in the 1914 directory at 149 Roncesvalles. Though I couldn’t find Parkview Theatre, nor was I able to quite get a streetview angle that really worked… (but I’m not good at that)

    February 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  5. William Mewes

    I was thinking Roncesvalles Avenue north of Pearson facing south?
    I could be miles off it just kind of looks like it may be.

    February 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    • It does look as if it’s looking towards the lake.

      February 3, 2013 at 8:32 pm

  6. William Mewes

    It was Nate88 who inspired me to look at Roncesvalles !

    February 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  7. William Mewes

    You can see where the Theatre sign had been mounted.
    It would be nice to know if there are still any theatre type fixtures in the building.
    Maybe a hand painted sign behind the wood paneling saying “Balcony This Way”

    February 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

  8. Yes, credit to Nate88 as well. I’ve found the last piece of the puzzle.

    February 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  9. Great urban architectural detective work!

    February 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  10. Thank you, but everyone pitched in on this one.

    February 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

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